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IGNACIO CASTILLO COTTIN

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“the only fight he lost was the one against himself”

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 AUTHOR's NOTE

On Sunday April 18, 2010, I was shocked by the news that the Venezuelan Edwin Valero, the current world champion lightweight boxing was accused of killing his wife in the morning. By then he was a national idol; Valero was the sport’s hope for the people who love boxing and never had a champion of that nature. The surprise increased when hours later, I got the news that while whole Venezuela celebrated with fireworks 200 years of independence, Valero hanged himself in his cell. That April 19th, festive day, a giant mourning was felt in the country, especially in the most popular areas. However what prevailed, in my opinion, was the widespread feeling of guilt of all we thought Valero would overcome his personal problems and would continue their unbeaten career and full of records.

 

From that day I began to investigate what had happened with Valero and why had this end so tragic. To the extent that conversed with people related to him, I discovered that there were many versions of Valero and several times even contradicted. Another peculiarity was that the people of his hometown knew nothing about his life abroad (where he lived more than 10 years) and vice versa. Valero had an impressive secrecy regarding his personal life, even with his mother and Professor Ortega who were his closest associates after his wife persons. In my research I discovered a very complex human being that keeps me tied to its history. Today I can say it was a disciplined, ambitious, distrustful and controlling man, whose life deserves to be told through his eyes. Thus, what seems absurd to me it becomes the norm and the journey through life never ceases to amaze.

 

Ignacio Castillo Cottin

CREDITS

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Directed by

Ignacio Castillo Cottin

 

written by

Ignacio Castillo Cottin

Ada Hernández

 

cast

Alexander Leterni, Scarlett Jaimes, Daniela Bueno, Miguel Ferrari,

Carolina Torres, Leónidas Urbina

 

Producer

Nathalie Sar-Shalom

 

excecutive producer

Nathalie Sar-Shalom,

Ignacio Castillo Cottin

cinematographer

Alexandra Henao

 

art designer

Roger Vargas

 

Music composer

Luis Miguel Emmanuelli

 

Editor

Maikel Jiménez

 

Category Feature film

Original languaje Spanish

Duration 128min

Format Digital

country Venezuela

year 2016

 

 

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production company

PA LOS PANAS PRODUCCIONES

Feature film

Spanish

128min

Digital

Venezuela

2016