The Winner

After twenty-some years of battling and a final criticism of her coffee, Adalberto’s wife, Rosario, leaves to join her sister in Australia.
The day of her departure, her old uncle – in a hospice for the dying – sends a letter via his notary. As Adalberto is about to toss it away, his friend, the barber, informs him that the dying uncle, Ernesto Montenegri, has won the lottery. Rosario is his only relative. Adalberto visits the old man – with a touching story that Rosario is busy caring for an abandoned child. But Uncle Ernesto insists on seeing his niece.
Eight million pesos are at stake and the uncle doesn’t see very well. Misogynist Adalberto swallows his pride and puts on a dress. The uncle welcomes “Rosario” and sends her to visit his notary. Without mentioning the lottery winnings, the notary announces that Uncle Ernesto is making a will – to bequeath his “life savings” to Rosario. Adalberto begins to look at Mercedes. But the notary discovers a second niece in a convent in Houston and persuades Uncle Ernesto to set a meeting in two weeks to choose the more deserving heir.
Adalberto laments that the game is finished – how can “Rosario” compete with a nun? “Nonsense,” says the barber, “What do Mexicans love more than anything else? Children! You told him Rosario took in a child – what could be more deserving than that? You have two weeks to become Abuela Rosario... we’ll find you a child who needs a grandmother.
The electrician’s wife has run off with the plumber and “Rosario” is installed to take care of the electrician’s adversarial five-year-old, Mateo. In addition to a running battle with Mateo, the tables are turned for misogynist Adalberto – he is expected to cook and clean, his bottom is pinched in the market... and finally, he is forced to fight off Uncle Ernesto’s lecherous notary.
When the day comes to choose an heir, the uncle is charmed with Mateo and “Rosario” is chosen. But the notary takes revenge for “Rosario’s” rejection by convincing Uncle Ernesto that “Rosario” plans to run off with another man when she inherits. The poor old uncle decides he must spare Adalberto that pain by making Adalberto the heir instead. Adalberto, in the meantime, has resigned as Abuela Rosario, which causes Mateo’s father to abandon the child at “Rosario’s” door and escape. When Adalberto informs Mateo that Abuela Rosario has gone to Australia, he is astonished by the depth of the little boy’s grief. Unable to turn the child away, Adalberto reluctantly takes him in.
The notary summons Adalberto and informs him that he, not Rosario, is to be the sole beneficiary of Uncle Ernesto’s will – causing an unexpected crisis of conscience. After walking the streets, Adalberto visits the old man to confess that Rosario is “gone.” Thinking of the notary’s story, Ernesto replies, “I know all about it. We won’t discuss it anymore.” Stunned by this apparent forgiveness, Adalberto invites Ernesto to come live out his days with himself and Mateo. The invitation produces a miracle. The old man rises from his bed and announces he has decided not to die.
As the new little family of three dine with neighbors, the subject of the lottery comes up. “It’s most amazing,” says Uncle Ernesto, “Did you know that my cousin, Ernesto Montenegri, won the lottery last month!”

  • Eva Benedikt
    Director
    The Brother in Boston
  • Eva Benedikt
    Writer
  • Eva Benedikt
    Producer
  • Ramiz Adeeb Azar
    Producer
    Founder/Dir. Oaxaca FilmFest
  • Otoniel Hernandez-Juarez
    Key Cast
    "Adalberto"
  • Omar Castellanos Lemus
    Key Cast
    "the barber"
  • Juan Jose Ibanez-Aragon
    Key Cast
    "Mateo"
  • Jorge Cervera Rosete
    Key Cast
    "Tio Ernesto"
  • Ricardo Ramirez-Jimenez
    Key Cast
    "Marcelo"
  • Silvia Martell-Rodriguez
    Key Cast
    "Conchita"
  • Mary Bustamante-Underwood
    Key Cast
    "Luisa"
  • Victor Lara
    Key Cast
    "Notary"
  • Luz de la Rosa
    Key Cast
    "Sister Celestina"
  • Rodrigo Vargas-Dias
    Key Cast
    "Postman"
  • Ruben Hernandez-Romero
    Key Cast
    "Tomas"
  • Carlos Ramirez-Sorroza
    Key Cast
    "Truck driver"
  • Ulysses Costa, DP
    Crew
  • Alejandra Juarez-Lopez, Editor
    Crew
  • Thorvald Pazos-Haga, Sound Editor
    Crew
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    El Ganador
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9Festival
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festival de Cine Latino-Americano (different edition of film)
    Ft. Worth
    United States
    North Am. Premiere
    Official Selection
  • United Latino International Film Festival (Star Award)

    Honorable Mention
  • Symbiotic Film Festival (Winner - Tiny Budget Film)
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    October 29, 2022
    Winner Best Tiny Budget Film
  • Blue Star International Film Festival

    Brazil
    October 29, 2022
    Finalist
  • Anatolia International Film Festival
    Ankara
    Turkey
    October 29, 2022
    Official Selection
  • New York - Istanbul Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 29, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Oaxaca Film Fest
    Oaxaca
    Mexico
    October 29, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Iconic International Film Festival

    Lithuania
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Legal Representative: Sennot & Williams, 617 / 303-1651, 90 Canal Street, Boston 02114
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Eva Benedikt

Wrote, produced and directed two feature films:
Eva studied at the MIT Film/Video Department with cinéma vérité pioneer, Ricky Leacock. Her screenplays focus on interracial brotherhood and family dynamics.

The Brother in Boston - Winner – audience award for best feature, Texas Independent Filmmakers Festival, San Antonio
- Official selection, Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim- Heidelberg (International Discoveries section),
- Selection in competition – Festival du Cinema Indépendant du Continent Américain (Paris).
- IFP (Independent Film Project) Market selection
- Semi-finalist – Moondance International Film Festival

El Ganador (The Winner)
Winner Best Tiny Budget Film - Symbiotic Film Festival (Kiev, 2022)
Finalist Blue Star International Film Festival (Brazil 2022)
Star Award United Latino Film Festival (USA 2020)
Official Selection Oaxaca Film Fest (Mexico 2022)
Official Selection Iconic Film Festival (Lithuania 2022)
Official Selection Anatolia Film Festival (Turkey 2022)
Official Selection New York Istanbul (USA 2022)
Official Selection Festival de cine Latino-Americano (USA)
- Co-produced by the Founder/Director of Oaxaca FilmFest

Feature film screenplays:

Good People - Official selection (screenplay section) Charleston Film Festival
- Selected, Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference (screenplay section)
Fidelita
(One Woman / One Man) - Gay marriage
- Finalist - Woods Hole Film Festival
- Official selection - Oaxaca Film Festival

Julie’s Vineyard - Intergenerational family connection.
- Finalist - Moondance International Film Festival
Markets of the Mind - Child abuse.
The Inheritance - Child abuse.
The Dog Tamer - Childhood in wartime Baghdad
Illegal - Illegal immigration.
Just Us Girls - Intergenerational family connection (long treatment)
Right of Possession - Squatter settlement in Mexico City (long treatment)
Present Project
Screenplay: Barky and Estrelita
A comedy about a disgruntled, middle-aged agent of Citizenship and Naturalization whose life is transformed by a Mexican immigrant who teaches him how to dance.
Rita Moreno would be perfect in this role!

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Director Statement

What better way to speak to people than film!
Tickle their funny bone to get to their brain.