Distributor: Breaking Glass Pictures
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Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia & Tana Schémbori
Starring: Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa
2012, Paraguay, Spain, 105 minutes, Digital
Language: Spanish with English Subtitles
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, with the support of the PNC Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theater presents The Latin American Cinema Series: From Arthouse to Every House with 6 influential films from Latin America. Ranging from big budget hits to distinctive independent visions from Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Paraguay.
Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow leader, dreams of becoming famous, often absorbed by the TV in the appliance store in the Municipal Market. He receives an unusual proposal, to carry seven boxes of unknown content, in exchange for a torn half of a $100 bill. He will get the other half when he finishes the job. Víctor, who has never seen this much money, has no idea how much it really is. But he also knows well that his need is greater than his curiosity. With a borrowed cell phone the contractor uses to tell him the way, Víctor embarks on the journey. Crossing the eight blocks of the market seemed easy but things get complicated along the way.
“A low-budget Paraguayan crime caper goosed by low-rung dreams, crackles with the desperate energy of forced innovation. When there’s no room on the spreadsheet for fancy special effects, making do can yield its own rewards. Flinging obstacles as if they were confetti — a desperate rival for the assignment; a pair of conflicted cops; the cargo’s menacing owners — the filmmakers stage an amazing race…” — Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“Paraguayan 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