“THE ONLY FIGHT HE LOST WAS THE ONE AGAINST HIMSELF”
EL INCA is a tragic love story based on the life of two-time World Boxing Champion, Edwin "El Inca" Valero.
Always accompanied by his wife, the charismatic boxer from the Venezuelan Andes, fight in rings around the world, gives great shows and defeat all his rivals with his fulminating knockouts.
However, as his professional life start to improve his personal life start to stagger. Edwin establishes a relationship with another woman and gets trapped in his insecurities a increasing drug addiction to the point to bring him to his own destruction.
Based on powerful true story, this vertiginous film focuses on the life of a talented young man who reaches success, but with his wife, ends up being the victim of his excesses and his countless fears.
“the only fight he lost was the one against himself”
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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
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