- Title: New Argentine film turns 2001 crash on its head as the losers fight back
- Date: 15th August 2019
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AUGUST 11, 2019) (REUTERS) BORENSZTEIN SPEAKING DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIRECTOR OF "LA ODISEA DE LOS GILES / HEROIC LOSERS," SEBASTIAN BORENSZTEIN, SAYING: "According to the Spanish Royal Academy dictionary, "gil" is a naive person, not very bright. In Argentina to say, 'we're all gils' has that connotation of an honest guy who gets up in the morning, goes to work, who fulfils his obligations, who trusts his institutions, even though he's duped by them time and again, which is what happens to us Argentines, and we get up again, and we pick ourselves up and we keep fighting. That's a "gil," not from the point of view of a loser, from the point of view of the common man."
- Embargoed: 29th August 2019 17:08
- Keywords: film movie Argentina Argentine director Sebastian Borensztein La Odisea de los Giles Heroic Losers
- Location: BUENOS AIRES / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATIONS, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATIONS, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA006ASBW7CZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A group of neighbors in a small town in the Argentine countryside who were swindled during the economic crisis of 2001 embark on an adventure to accomplish what millions of Argentines would have loved to have done: get back the money they feel was robbed from them.
That is the theme of the new film, "Heroic Losers" or "La Odisea de los Giles" in Spanish, by director Sebastian Borensztein, a sort of fictional vindication for all those fleeced during the 2001 crisis when the government imposed measures preventing citizens from accessing money they had saved in banks leading to massive protests.
In the film, a diverse group of locals with differing politics puts their savings together to bring back a closed granary in an attempt to get through the crisis. But the group is defrauded by a lawyer and a bank manager and end up losing everything.
The film, a drama with a strong sense of humor led by a star-studded cast including Ricardo Darin and his son Chino, debuts Thursday (August 15) in Argentina.
"Heroic Losers" is based on a novel by Argentine author Eduardo Sacheri called "La Noche de la Usina," or "The Night of the Heroic Losers," in English.
(Production: Horacio Soria, Lucila Sigal)
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