El puntero

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For the political concept, see Clientelism.
El Puntero
El Puntero.jpg
From left to right: Lombardo (Rodrigo de la Serna), El Gitano (Julio Chávez), Clarita (Gabriela Toscano) and Levante (Luis Luque)
Genre Political drama
Created by Adrián Suar
Written by Mario Segade
Directed by Daniel Barone
Starring Julio Chávez
Gabriela Toscano
Theme music composer Bomba estéreo
Opening theme Fuego
Country of origin Argentina
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39
Broadcast
Original channel El Trece
Original run May 15, 2011 (2011-05-15) – December 28, 2011 (2011-12-28)

El Puntero was a 2011 Argentine miniseries, produced by Pol-Ka and starred by Julio Chávez and Gabriela Toscano. "Puntero" is a word from Argentine slang for a man who works as an intermediate between poor people and political parties, in a clientelist relation. The miniseries received the Golden Martín Fierro Award.

Production[edit]

El puntero is a political drama set in an Argentine Villa miseria. It is produced by Pol-Ka for the TV channel El Trece. Although El Trece is part of the Grupo Clarín, which had several conflicts with the government of Cristina Kirchner, the lead actor Julio Chávez clarified that the tone of the miniseries is generic, and not a criticism of the Kirchner's administration.[1] In fact, he conditioned his work in the program on the absence of specific political bias. Chávez did not even know about political clientelism, and investigated about the topic before accepting to work in the program.[2]

The opening of the program uses the song "Fuego" by Bomba Estéreo, and mixes images of the history of Argentina with images of Chávez characterized as a political puntero. For this purpose he grew his sideburns, used hair extensions, 1970s shirts and chains.[2]

The program did not have a fixed filming set, and filmed scenes at several real villa miserias.[2]

Plot[edit]

The miniseries is set in a Villa miseria in Greater Buenos Aires, ruled by mayor Iñíguez since 1987. Pablo Aldo Perotti, known as the "Gitano", works in the clientelist relation between the poor people and the political authorities. Perotti wants to be the new mayor, and to return with his former wife Clarita.

At the end of the miniseries, Clarita becomes the new mayor, and Perotti gets a job in government.

Reception[edit]

The program won the 2011 Martín Fierro Awards for best miniseries actor (Julio Chávez) and best miniseries. They received as well the Golden Martín Fierro Award.[3]

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Julio Chávez: será "El Puntero", pero no militante" [Julio Chávez: he will be "puntero" but not militant] (in Spanish). Perfil. May 14, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Julieta Nassau (May 16, 2011). "El puntero pudo mucho más que CQC" [El Puntero got much more than CQC] (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "El puntero, la gran sorpresa de los premios" [El puntero, the big surprise of the awards] (in Spanish). La Nación. May 28, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 

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