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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

El chata (The Sparring Partner) (2018 Feature Film) Nominee

Gustavo RAMOS PERALES | Puerto Rico | 2018 | color | DCP | 75' | Spanish | e.s.

When his criminal past continues to tug at his sleeve and it proves difficult to build something new, Samuel has to choose. Can the talented boxer use his strength and ambition to make a new start? Impressive acting in this debut film from Puerto Rico. 

 

Determined to better his ways, 30-year old Samuel leaves prison after eight years. However, the talented boxer soon learns that his surroundings are much less forgiving than he had hoped and couldn’t care less about his plans for a new future. His former coach has a new generation of pupils and Samuel can only box as a sparring partner (chata) at the criminal Papillon’s underground boxing ring.

Director Gustavo Ramos Perales took the scintillating boxing scene of Puerto Rico as the point of departure for his debut drama about second chances and perseverance. The film is one of five nominees for the Yellow Robin Award. Convincing acting and action-packed fight scenes reveal that boxing seems to promise a better life for many Puerto Ricans, but even with great ambition and talent, there’s a constant pull to abandon the straight and narrow. Sometimes, boxing literally and metaphorically destroys more than you can handle.

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 18:45

Duration: 0:57

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 14:00

Duration: 0:57

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 15:00

Duration: 0:57

Year in Festival
2018
Director
Gustavo RAMOS PERALES
Camera
Willie Berríos
Cast
Alexon Duprey
Mariana Monclova
José Gael Valentín
Modesto Lacén

Camila Monclova
Carlos Miranda
Jerome Robles
Country
Puerto Rico
Editor
Juanjo Cid
Language
Spanish
Length
75'
Music
Eduardo Reyes Nápoles
Laura Rey
Producer
Gustavo Ramos
Annabelle Mullen
Carmen Díaz
Production Design
Sebastián Claudio
Scenario
Gustavo Ramos Perales
Xenia Rivery
Sound Design
Margarita Aponte
Johannes Peters
Year of Production
2018
Gustavo RAMOS PERALES

Gustavo RAMOS PERALES (1980, Puerto Rico) studied Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico and film direction and production at Digital Television Film School Septima Ars in Madrid. His experimental video proposal, Madrid, was selected to the Gijón Film Festival in Spain. Since returning to Puerto Rico, he has worked as a producer, editor and director for TV series, sports documentaries and commercials. In 2016, he won the Puerto Rico Film Commission´s national competition to produce and direct his first feature film El chata

Filmography

El chata (2018)