AGAINST THE ROPES
Rafael Contreras is an amateur boxer who must run away from his home town in Antioquia, after refusing to lose a fight and knocking out his rival at the last moment. After escaping to Bogota, he looks for his older brother Lucho, to help him find a job and be able to send money to his wife, Liliana, who stayed back in town with their two small children, in a dangerous situation. But in the capital city, Rafael discovers that Lucho´s life is not the life of a simple mechanic, like he thought: he´s a womanizer and a drunk who works in the black market of cars. The relationship between the two brothers is tested when Rafael meets Helena, Lucho´s girlfriend, a beautiful and charismatic community leader. From that moment on, everything changes. For him, because he can´t get her out of his mind; for Liliana, his wife who he has always adored; and for Lucho, his older brother
. In the middle of all this, Rafael will have the chance to go back to boxing with the help of a prestigious merchant, Sarmiento, who handles perfectly well the world of betting and discovers that Rafael´s talent as a boxer can take them both really far. Rafael is ready to take the great step of his life when Sarmiento sets an important fight for him. But a story of forbidden love is going to reveal a very different world from what he ever imagined and he must face it with much more sophisticated tools than just his fists.
GENERAL PRODUCER: LUIS EDUARDO JIMÉNEZ
PRODUCER: MARU SALAZAR
PRODUCTION MANAGER : JOSÉ VERGARA - MARTIN CARDONA
PRODUCER OF ADVANCED: ÓSCAR PÉREZ
DIRECTION: JUAN CARLOS VÁSQUEZ - OLGA LUCÍA RODRÍGUEZ
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: MIGUEL DAZA
ASSISTANT DIRECTION: CATALINA RESTREPO - PETER SUAREZ
CASTING: LAURA NUÑEZ
COORDINATORS: FERNANDO FERNANDEZ GALEANO - MANUEL CEDEÑO
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDRÉS PERDIGÓN - WILSON ORTIZ
VTR: RAFAEL PIRELLA
SOUNDMAN: WILFREDO HUESO
ART DIRECTOR: ANA TRIANA
ATMOSPHERE: MILLER VARGAS - LEONARDO MOLINA
FIXED PICTURE: FREDY NARIÑO RUIZ
COSTUME DESIGNER: CARLOS GRISALES
COORDINATORS OF COSTUME: MERY MALDONADO - ASTRID GALINDO
MAKEUP DESIGNER: LEONARDO SALCEDO
COORDINATOR OF MAKEUP: ANDREA GALEANO RUIZ - TERESA DE JESÚS CASTAÑO
SCRIPT: JULIANA LEMA - SILVIA LEÓN
INVESTIGATOR: CARLOS FELIPE AGUILAR
EDITION: ANDRÉS BARRAGÁN - CAMILO VILLEGAS - ENRIQUE PÉREZ - ENRIQUE RIVERA – JUAN CARLOS TIRANA
DURATION: 90 x 60" EST.
He’s the strongest man of the neighborhood and the market place. Nobody really knows where his money comes from but he’s the most respected and feared man. He is extremely astute. His weaknesses are his wife Stella and Yamile, Stella’s daughter, who he takes care of and watches out for like porcelains. He was Hugo’s friend when they were young until they both fell in love with Stella and he had to earn illicit money in order to seduce her. He knows Rafael and immediately understands that he is in front of an exceptional boxer from whom he can take a lot of advantage for his bets.
He is Helena’s father and the owner of “La Fortuna de Hugo”, a restaurant that has become a sort of confessional place where he acts as the psychoanalyst and the friend who is always willing to listen. Hugo lives satisfied with what he has achieved despite feeling resented since he was abandoned by Luisa. He loves his children and they motivate him to stay strong before the adversity, which comes in the form of his ex-friend Sarmiento, who wants to keep his restaurant no matter what.
She is Rafael’s wife. She has dedicated her life to her home and her children to support her husband and gave up a professional life. When Rafael’s situation in Caucasia became too dangerous after the last fight, Lili had to face the really tough reality of taking care of her children alone. Right now, she waits for Rafael to make enough money in Bogota so that they can move with him and they can live again together as a family.
Ever since her mother abandoned them, Helena took the reins of her home. She has been an amazing support for her father Hugo and a good mother for Jorgito, her youngest brother. She quit her studies to become an anthropologist and became a neighborhood leader, working from the Trades Development Center. She dreams of helping people succeed through the path of good. She knows exactly what she expects from the future and is decided to do anything in order to make it happen. She’s attractive, vital and smart, but hasn’t yet found her true love. Her destiny seemed to face on one direction, but when she meets Rafael , her world started to lose the solid balance she thought was unalterable.
He is Rafael’s older brother. He abandoned her home a long time ago and works in a car “chop-shop” at the neighborhood where Helena lives. The stories about his adventures for money and women have made him famous in the neighborhood. He’s handsome and seductive, which helps him hide the double life he lives in the low world of criminality that he doesn’t intend to ever leave. Lucho is uncontrollably attracted by Helena and will not rest until she belongs to him, even if it means facing whoever he has to.
Born in Caucasia, Antioquia; he’s a hard working and strong man. Married to Liliana Guarín, his childhood girlfriend and father of Marcelita and Toñito. He has always felt like a soul boxer despite haning to work in construction and plumbing. He still trains and works out; although he knows that due to his age his dream will be more difficult to achieve: becoming a professional boxer. He’s noble and responsible by nature, reason why he ran away to Bogota after refusing to be defeated in an arranged fight. Rafael will discover a very different world from the one he imagined and he must face it with much more sophisticated tools than just his fists.