Boxeo Constitución neither idealizes precarious life, nor does it exploit its misery. It starts its journey in the derelict, subterranean trainyards of Consituticón and follows each one of its boxers to a life, a personal story, a part of the city and the suburbs, a state of the social and also political affairs. Rather than a documentary about boxing, Boxeo Constitución is about people from a stratum, a social class, and their survival.
[Emilio Bernini, editor km111]
A place and an activity with more in common than what you’re able to see at first. Two spaces where dreams and promises of a better future –in another place far away– gain strength. A world that encircles them, with beasts (the “Tigress”, the “Hiena”), palaces (the Luna Park) and everyday’s constant work: “life’s daily fight” that must be faced in order to survive. The film also connects two places: Buenos Aires with its harsh and relentless reality is seen through the thorough and curious eye of an Austrian man. With the sound of El Remolón’s music and dealing with an amount of sweat and punches we rarely see in Argentina cinema, Weingartner’s first film deals with this world in the same conditions as its protagonists: a group of young people with little experience but the necessary fighting spirit and momentum to win and excel over the rest.
[Programme Buenos Aires Film Festival 2012]
A research in a mileu where the view has been blocked by perpetuated images: By means of precise observation, without commentary and false camaraderie, Boxeo Constitución narrates the story of three young boxers from the impoverished suburbs of Buenos Aires. It shows the daily exertion in muggy air of the shabby boxing gym, the impatience of their trainers and the exhausting, repetitive exercises. However, from the daily routines emerge sensitive, almost tender portraits of three youngsters and their remarkable and strange hope for that great day, that great fight that is so high and wild you’ll never have to fight another.
[Programme Viennale 2011]