César's Grill

(Grill de César, El)
Darío Aguirre | Documentary, Comedy

2013 | 88 minutes | Germany, Switzerland

To save his estranged father's restaurant, vegetarian Darío Aguirre returns to Ecuador, reluctantly helping rescue the failing carnivorous business.


Director Darío Aguirre's life in Germany takes an unexpected turn when his estranged father, César, calls him from Ecuador, revealing the dire financial crisis facing their family restaurant grill, 'Los Pinchos de César.'

Now a vegetarian and pursuing a career in art, Aguirre finds himself drawn back to his home country, reluctantly embracing his role in saving the failing carnivorous business.

What begins as a seemingly absurd mission to rescue a struggling restaurant evolves into a profound exploration of unfulfilled expectations and the bonds that tie fathers and sons together. Against the backdrop of Ecuador's bustling streets and culinary traditions, Aguirre and César embark on a journey of reconciliation, confronting long-held resentments and forging a deeper understanding of each other.

Through a blend of personal anecdotes, humor, and original songs by Aguirre, 'César's Grill' becomes a poignant reflection on identity, belonging, and the everlasting bonds of familial love.


"Charming, heartwarming film delicacy.” — CINEMAN


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Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival; Visions Du Réel; Vanouver International Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Cartagena International Film Festival; Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival; Malaga International Film Festival; EDOC; Innsbruck International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Darío Aguirre

NATIONALITY: Germany, Switzerland

YEAR: 2013

GENRE: Documentary, Comedy

LANGUAGE: German; Spanish

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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