Collateral Man, originally titled El garante (English: The Guarantor), is an Argentine television horror miniseries originally transmitted in 1997 by Canal 9.

El garante
Also known asThe Guarantor
TV miniseries
Created bySebastián Borensztein
Developed bySebastián Borensztein
Written bySebastián Borensztein
Marcelo Slavich
Walter Slavich
Directed bySebastián Borensztein
Creative directorSebastián Borensztein
StarringLito Cruz
Leonardo Sbaraglia
Eleonora Wexler
Theme music composerAlejandro Lerner
Country of originArgentina
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production locationCiudad de Buenos Aires
Running time60 min.
Original release
NetworkCanal 9
Release1997 (1997) –
1997 (1997)
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Created and directed by Sebastián Borensztein,[1] it stars Lito Cruz and Leonardo Sbaraglia.

Synopsis edit

The story is about the relationship established between Martin Mondragon, a young psychologist (Sbaraglia) and the man who seeks to collect a debt left by his grandfather a long time ago. The psychologist's grandfather had signed a pact with the devil, but died without delivering his soul. As set out on the contract, Mondragon's grandfather agrees to offer his (then unborn) grandson's soul as the guarantor of the deal. José Sagasti (Lito Cruz), Satan's agent, presents himself to Mondragon as the one in charge of collecting the old debt and informing the guarantor of his fate. Being a psychologist, Mondragon thinks to have run into a psychopath and dismisses his threats. But soon after their first meeting, Sagasti starts playing mind games and making Mondragon's life a living hell.

Through its eight chapters, this mini-series recounts the struggle of Martin to avoid surrendering his soul to Sagasti, the envoy of the devil. Both characters give life to a confrontation that is waged on the earthly plane, and at the same time the one-upmanship also plays on the psychologies of both men.

Cast edit

Awards edit

Martín Fierro Awards edit

Martin Fierro 1997:

  • TV Miniseries:
    • The Guarantor - Nominated
  • Dramatic Actor Role:
  • Author and/or Screenwriter:
  • Director:
    • Sebastián Borensztein - Winner
  • Integral Production/Best Production:
    • The Guarantor - Winner
  • Soundtrack/Original Soundtrack:

FUNDTV Awards edit

  • Fiction:
    • The Guarantor - Winner

Emmy nomination edit

The show was also nominated for the Emmy Awards.[1]

Legacy edit

Collateral Man marked a turning point in television fiction in Argentina, as it was meant to recover the prestige of the horror genre; it was popular with the audiences, and in 1997 the miniseries won several Martin Fierro Awards[1] and was nominated for several international awards. Since then, it has been broadcast via on-air channels and cable several times, always being a success.[citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Sebastian Borensztein (Bio)". Palermo Films. Retrieved 21 November 2021.

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