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7 Boxes

(7 Cajas)
Paraguay, 2012

Guaraní and Spanish with English subtitles

Youth Screening/Rated 14A

Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori Producers: María Victoria Ramírez Jou, Rocío Galiano, Camilo Guanes, Tana Schémbori Screenplay: Juan Carlos Maneglia Cinematographer: Richard Careaga Editors: Juan Sebastián Zelada, Juan Carlos Maneglia Art Direction: Carlos Spatuzza Music: Fran Villalba Principal Cast: Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa, Lali González, Nico García

It's Friday night in the capital city of Asunción and the temperature is 40ºC. Víctor, a 17-year-old delivery boy in the bustling Mercado 4, dreams of becoming famous. He's offered a chance to transport seven boxes with unknown contents on his wheelbarrow in exchange for a quick US$100. But what sounds like an easy job soon gets complicated. Something in the boxes is highly coveted and Víctor and his pursuers quickly find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about. 7 Boxes is a rare surprise from the almost non-existent Paraguayan cinema, and was a huge box office hit there.

Action-thriller-romance hybrid 7 Boxes is a rollicking good time at the movies that offers breathtaking action and suspense, humor and appealing characters all in one visually flashy package. Boyd van Hoeij, Indiewire

Asunción, Paraguay. Víctor, un carretillero de 17 años, sueña con ser famoso. Un día recibe la propuesta de transportar siete cajas de las cuales desconoce su contenido a cambio de $100. En las cajas hay algo que genera una verdadera persecución. Víctor y sus perseguidores se irán involucrando en un crimen que desconocen del todo. 7 Cajas ha hecho que haya un antes y un después en el cine paraguayo, haciendo que la cinta se haya convertido en una especie de símbolo nacional, teniendo el doble de espectadores de los que obtuvo Titanic.

3:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Tana Schémbori (b. 1970) and Juan Carlos Maneglia (b. 1966), both from Asunción, Paraguay, have co-directed numerous short films, TV series and telefilms. In 1996, they founded their production company Maneglia-Schémbori. 7 Boxes was nominated to the Goya Awards for Best Iberoamerican Film and won the Youth Jury Award at San Sebastián.