El Inca

Venezuelan boxer Edwin Valero held two world titles and never lost a fight, but his private life was a shambles: in April 2010, at age 28, he was arrested for the murder of his wife and hanged himself in his jail cell. His professional rise and personal fall recall those of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, and this 2016 biopic, which represented Venezuela in the Academy Awards, draws heavily on the earlier movie in its flashback structure, its narrative development, and the editing of its fight sequences (the slow-motion shot ending in a smash cut to an explosion of violence in normal time, etc). Alexander Leterni drives the film as Valero, whose total belief in himself enables him to overcome numerous career setbacks even as his private rages engulf his marriage. Ignacio Castillo Cottin directed a script he cowrote with Ada Hernández. In Spanish with subtitles.