The picture tells the story of an Argentine obsessed with football superstar Diego Maradona.
Tati Benitez (Ignacio Benitez), is a young man who lives in the Misiones Province, and an Argentine lumberjack who's been laid off at work, now making a living by collecting wood for an artisan named Silva (Miguel Gonzales Colman). Benitez is married to his pregnant wife (Paola Rotela).
Typical of Argentines, Tati is a football fanatic. Tati, is quite quirky and, like many Argentines, is obsessed with the Argentine football player Diego Armando Maradona, who is legendary in Argentina because of his prowess in the World Cup. He wears a football kit with Maradona's number 10 on it and has a very large 10 tattooed on his back. He even owns two parrots who scream "Maradona" from time to time. His friends joke that Tati is not married to his wife, but to Maradona. In fact, Tati knows every possible statistic of Maradona's career, and has a great deal of knowledge regarding his hero's life.
One day Tati's hears from friends that Maradona is suffering from heart problems, so he decides to go on a quest.
His mission is to deliver an unusual piece of wood to Maradona at the Swiss-Argentine Hospital in Buenos Aires where he is recuperating. The piece of wood resembles Maradona.
Tati travels by foot, by bus, and even by ambulance, to let Maradona feel the dedication and love of his loyal fan base.
On his way he runs into many adventures.Ignacio Benítez as Tati Benítez
Carlos Wagner La Bella as Waguinho
Paola Rotela as Mujer de Tati
Silvina Fontelles as Señora Matilde
Miguel González Colman as Silva, the artisan
José Armónico as Gauna
Toti Rivas as El Tolo
Marisa Córdoba as Mujer del Tolo
Otto Mosdien as Pastor Otto
Claudio Uassouf as Cura
Lila Cáceres as Madre joven
Pascual Condito as Pascual
Juan Villegas as Photo Shop Owner
Walter Donado as Chofer Ambulancia
Aníbal Maldonado as Contrabandista
Carlos Sorín, in neo-realist fashion, used non-professional actors when he shot the film.
The picture was filmed in: Misiones, Argentina.
The film opened in Argentina on September 14, 2006.
The picture was presented at the Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival, Spain.
The movie has been screened at a few film festivals, including: the Spanish and Latin American Film Festival, Ireland; and others.
Álvaro Sanjurjo Toucon, in a scholarly analysis of the film and Carlos Sorín's other works for FIPRESCI, had positive things to say of the picture. He summarized: "Sorín skillfully combines documentary footage of an unreflective, probably self-destructive, Maradona with the scenes involving the young man...sport hasn't been a major theme in Argentine movies, even though it is a significant part of the national identity. Sorín's films highlights the value of his work. In the same way in which we can watch a match from different perspectives depending on where we are seated, The Road to San Diego can be interpreted from various points of view. One has just to choose one of the many perspectives offered by the great filmmaker who is Carlos Sorin."
Deborah Young, writing for Variety magazine, liked the film and wrote, "Carlos Sorín's delightfully offbeat Road to San Diego, about a young backwoodsman with a Diego Maradona fetish, is another audience-friendly addition to the director's repertoire."
WinsSan Sebastián International Film Festival: Special Prize of the Jury; Carlos Sorin; 2006.
Havana Film Festival: Grand Coral - Second Prize, Carlos Sorin; 2006.
NominationsSan Sebastián International Film Festival: Golden Seashell; Carlos Sorin; 2006.