Archive of films Gamecock Breeder / Gallero

2009, 90 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2009

Loner Mario makes a living training cocks to fight. One day he meets the elderly Julia who lives immersed in her religion and her losses... A story of two solitary people lost in their own confusion, the fateful clash of two taciturn, disparately-aged individuals who succumb to their instincts.


Mario, who raises and trains fighting cocks, is a man accustomed to solitude and to a rhythm determined by occasional agricultural jobs. One of these takes him to a faraway village where he meets the elderly Julia, who lost her entire family in a car accident. Since that time she has lived immersed in her loss and her religion. Without knowing how to handle their feelings, Mario discovers new emotions and Julia breaks her mourning silence... Working with a slightly absurd ground plan and vividly plastic images, this intense drama investigates strong emotions, the inability to express oneself, unfathomable relations, pain, love, and loneliness, as well as outbursts of the unexpressed and repressed. As with his debut, the director employs a minimum of characters to unfold an affecting little story set in a place where time has stopped. Deeply embedded in the atmosphere of the region, this country melodrama deals with meeting and missing, and with the vast distance between body and soul.

About the director

Sergio Martín Mazza graduated in image and sound design from the University of Buenos Aires. At the same time he took an interest in audiovisual direction and fine art, and worked shooting commercials and writing plays. He is a member of a band, and he lectures in media aesthetics and direction at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2004 he founded the production company Masa Latina with the goal of producing quality artistic works for various media. The company produced his feature debut The Yellow (El amarillo). Gamecock Breeder, his second feature, won Best Latin American Actor for Gustavo Almada at the Mar del Plata festival. Mazza is currently working on a new movie entitled Graba.


Masa Latina
Zamudio 4768, 1419, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 11 457 318 24

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Sergio Martín Mazza
Screenplay: Sergio Martín Mazza
Dir. of Photography: Mauricio Riccio
Music: Juan Pablo Ojeda
Editor: Alberto Ponce
Producer: Paula Mastellone
Production: Masa Latina
Cast: Silvia Zerbini, Gustavo Almada
Contact: Masa Latina


Sergio Martín Mazza

Film Director


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