Archive of films El Cinco / El 5 de Talleres

Argentina / Uruguay
2014, 100 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2015

Patón is happily married and the captain of the local football squad, but at the age of thirty-five his career has come to an end. A gently comic story about how difficult it can be to make important decisions, even if you’ve got a loving family and devoted team-mates by your side. With its laid back affability and wisdom, the film draws us into a world of quiet heroes.


Patón is 35, he’s been playing football for a C-division club his whole adult life and, although he’s happily married, the fact that his sporting career is over will have far greater consequences than he first imagined. Without the regular league match schedule, the change of routine for this locally celebrated but otherwise little known footballer throws his everyday life into disarray. El Cinco is filled with flawed yet, for all that, more likeable heroes, which ensures the film great audience appeal. Moreover, it never becomes too intense, as suggested in the energetic but not excessive portrayal of the mini-dramas that accompany every football game. Here, there’s always a second chance at goal, and match injuries and scuffles with the wife and fellow players never have serious consequences. And it’s due to the film’s absence of cheap ploys that the protagonists earn our affection, making it much more than just an ordinary cheery comedy. The director finds a natural solidarity among his heroes, not only within the family but also on the pitch, where the potential to make big bucks is never an issue.

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About the director

Adrián Biniez (b. 1974, Buenos Aires) is a screenwriter and director of Argentinian origin who now lives in Uruguay. He began as a musician and later took an interest in scripting television series; he is active in both these disciplines to this day. After the successful shorts 8 Hours (8 horas, 2005) and Total Availability (Total disponibilidad, 2008) he came up with his gentle feature debut Gigante (2008), which was awarded at Berlin and other festivals, and was screened at Karlovy Vary as well. His second feature film El Cinco was premiered at the Venice IFF.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Adrián Biniez
Screenplay: Adrián Biniez
Dir. of Photography: Guillermo Nieto
Editor: Fernando Epstein
Art Director: Gonzalo Delgado Galiana
Producer: Gonzalo Rodríguez Bubis, Fernando Epstein, Agustina Chiarino
Production: Morocha Films, Mutante Cine
Coproduction: Pandora Film, Petit Film, Topkapi Films
Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Julieta Zylberberg, Nestór Guzzini
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