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Director Pablo Benedetti with Gabriel Omar Batistuta
Cinema, History & Politics

“El Numero Nueve” Director Pablo Benedetti

N.I.C.E. New Italian Cinema Events

November 18, 2021
5:00 pm


New Italian Cinema Events (N.I.C.E.) Film Festival
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On the occasion of the screening of

El numero Nueve:
Gabriel Omar Batistuta

(Documentary, Italy, 2019, 93 min.)

by Pablo Benedetti

The director in conversation with
Andrea Fiano, journalist, Global Finance

Moderated by Julian Sachs, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

About the film:
El numero Nueve takes an in-depth look at the life and career of Argentinian soccer superstar Gabriel Omar Batistuta, who captained the Florence team Fiorentina throughout the 1990s, before moving to Roma and winning the Italian championship in 2001. Gabriel himself accompanies the viewer’s journey, permeated with memories and anecdotes never revealed before, in order to delve ever more deeply into his person, and into the man hidden behind the iconic number 9 jersey. Through his voice, we learn about the many sacrifices and the perseverance that led him to victories both nationally and internationally, and the stubbornness it took to rise again after every defeat thanks to the affection of his supporters, as well as the important role played by his wife, children, and friends.

About the director:
Pablo Benedetti (Pescia, 1977) obtained his diploma in film-making at the London Film School. He debuted in 2003 with his first documentary about Linday Kemp, followed by “BlueMist” in 2005. In 2008 his first feature film “Corazones de Mujer” was selected at the Berlin Film Festival, followed by a new feature film with Lucia Bosè “One More Time – Alfonsina y el Mar”, and the thriller “Anja – real love girl”.


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