The Minder (El Custodio)

As a bodyguard it’s Rubén’s duty to keep the Minister of Planning under constant surveillance. As a shadow, Rubén witnesses everything from the sidelines, as if life was passing by some metres away from him. Yet, despite his insider’s view, he never understands clearly what’s going on, what’s being talked about, nor where the characters come from or go to. Single Rubén is hardly even a protagonist in his own life. A lonely life, involving a mentally unstable sister and a dizzy niece, sale of illegal arms and cheap prostitutes. Plus the monotonous routine of being a bodyguard and the occasional humiliation from the Minister or his family … Such pressure can ultimately explode. This is Rubén’s inevitable outcome.

World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2006, Competition

Key festivals and awards
Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlin International Film Festival 2006
Best Film, Best Script, FIPRESCI Award, Guadalajara International Film Festival 2006
Winner of Horizontes, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2006
Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Bogota Film Festival 2006
Best Director, Best Actor, Havana Film Festival 2006

Argentina, 2005
Director: Rodrigo Moreno
Producers: Rizoma Film (Argentina), Eddie Saeta, (Spain), Pandora Film (Germany), Control Z Film (Uruguay)
German WCF partner: Pandora Film
World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2005
Funding amount: 40.000 €

El Custodio