Switzerland, Argentina


In Buenos Aires, the Molina family lives and works in the shadows of the legendary Boca Juniors stadium. Selling fake tickets to the soccer games, they constantly get in conflict with the corrupt police. As her family sinks deeper into this underworld, the mother tries in vain to keep them all from falling apart.

Directors Statement

I got to know the Molina family while starting a photographic work about the Boca Juniors fans in the «La Boca» neighborhood of Buenos Aires. While photographing the club supporters during the match days some fans took me to a backyard, faked some tickets and took me into the stadium several times. The small courtyard, where we would spend the time before the matches, belongs to the Molina family. On these visits, the desire for creating EN LA BOCA was born.

Soon I built up a close and honest relationship to the Molina family and my initial interest in the soccer fans shifted to the interest in the personal story and destiny of the family. The tragic happenings around the family evolved while and after the filming process and have also changed my personal approach to the making of this film. After the main protagonists death, it was especially important to me to embody the effect corruption has on the «weakest» members of the society and to express the emptiness that arises when one is being swallowed up by this system.

Director's Biography

Matteo Gariglio is a Swiss-Italian documentary filmmaker and photographer, born in Lucerne, Switzerland. He studied visual communications with specialisation on video at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Furthermore he holds a Master in Documentary Film Directing from Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias in Lisbon, the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest and the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.
Matteo Gariglio has worked on projects in different languages and many countries across the world. His projects evolve around the human conditions of people living on the verge of modern society.


2016 EN LA BOCA, documentary short
2010 HARLEKIN, documentary short
2009 FUORI DAL GREGGE, documentary short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Matteo Gariglio

Written by: Matteo Gariglio

Produced by: Matteo Gariglio

Cinematography: Andi Widmer

Editing: Thais Odermatt

Original Score: Dominik Blumer, Thomi Christ, Roman Lerch

Sound Design: Manu Gerber

Animation: Mathias Wesselmann

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2017