Archive of films El Bonaerense / El Bonaerense

2002, 97 min

Section: Forum of Independents
Year: 2002

An true and almost documentary portrait of police in contemporary Argentina, showing the roots of corruption throug the story of one police novice.


35-year old Zapa is a regular, hard-working guy, a locksmith living in rural Argentina. When his boss asks him to do a special job for some special clients, Zapa agrees – he has no choice. They break into a drugstore and Zapa cracks a safe. The boss disappears and very soon Zapa becomes a main suspect. To avoid prison, he has to leave his birthplace for the concrete wastes of Buenos Aires, where he on advice of his uncle, a police inspector, signs up as a police cadet. After months of hard training, he finally graduates. He starts to discover how the corruption works and slowly he becomes a small part of the system. Soon there´s no going back.

About the director

Pablo Trapero was born in 1972 in San Justo, a suburb of Buenos Aires. He studied architecture and film. He worked as an assistant director and editor on several productions. He has made two short films: Mocoso malcriado/Spoilt Brat (1992/3) and Negocios/Shops (1995). His feature debut, Mundo grúa, was shot in 1999. In 2 000 he made Naikor, in 2002 El Bonaerense.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents
Director: Pablo Trapero
Screenplay: Pablo Trapero
Dir. of Photography: Guillermo Bill Nieto
Music: Damas Gratis
Editor: Nicolás Goldbart
Producer: Pablo Trapero
Production: Pablo Trapero Producciones
Cast: Jorge Roman, Darío Levy, Mimí Ardúu, Hugo Anganuzzi, Víctor Hugo Carrizo

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