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7 Boxes

By : Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori

With : Liliana Alvarez, Nelly Davalos, Johnny Kim

Country/Year : Paraguay 2012

Duration : 105'

Language/Age : VO espagnole avec sst. anglais / Spanish with English subt. / Spanische Originalversion mit englischen Untertiteln

Genre :

Screenings :

Thursday 07 March 2013, 21H00

Friday 08 March 2013, 19H00

Venues :

Utopia (public)

Cinémathèque (public)

Synopsis :

It's Friday night in Asunción, Paraguay and the temperature is sweltering. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of becoming famous and covets a fancy TV set in the infamous Mercado 4 - Municipal Market. He's offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick US$100.
With a borrowed cell phone, which the contractor uses to tell him the way to go, Víctor embarks on the journey. Crossing the eight blocks that constitute the market seemed easy but things get complicated along the way: the box is stolen from him, he loses the cell phone and the police surround the place looking for something he completely ignores. To all this, is added a group of carters who are also willing to escort the boxes for a pittance of the profits. There is something in those boxes that generates a real wheelbarrow chase in the secret and gloomy corridors of the market.

Without even realizing it, Víctor and his pursuers will get involved in a crime of which they don’t know anything: neither the cause nor the victim nor the victimizer. All of them are accomplices, because necessity forces them to run, to scream, to remain silent, or simply to pretend to be ñembotavy.

Director :

Juan Carlos Maneglia was born in Asunción, Paraguay. He has co-created (with Tana Schémbori) telefilms, miniseries and short films, including “Horno ardiente”, “Candida”, and “La chuchi”. “7 Boxes” is his first feature film.

Tana Schémbori was born in Asunción, Paraguay, and has been collaborating with Juan Carlos Maneglia since the late 1980s. “7 Boxes” is her first feature film.


  • 7 Boxes, 2012
  • Semana Capital, 2010
  • Candida, 2004
  • Horno ardiente, 2002

Infos :


  • Youth Jury Award, Tana Schembori, San Sebatián International Film Festival 2012


  • Nominated Best Iberoamerican Film at the Goya 2013 awards
  • Discovery Award, Juan Carlos Maneglia, Toronto International Film Festival 2012
  • International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI), Discovery, Juan Carlos Maneglia, Toronto International Film Festival 2012


  • Stockholm Film Festival 2012

Critics :

“ The Fast and the Furious with wheelbarrows, 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,

“Rare is the film that has me grinning like a fool as the chaos and bustle of all those casual seeming set-ups pay off; all the threads fold and tangle with one another.”
Kurt Halfyard,

“Turning the Paraguayan capital's biggest public market into an arena for a wild and cunningly plotted chase movie, filmmaking partners Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori build a rollicking entertainment with 7 Boxes.”
Certain to be one of the first titles from Paraguay to make a serious dent in the international marketplace, the pic makes a pleasurable surplus from minimal resources and plenty of ironic-comic-violent storytelling energy.”
Robert Koehler,


Le gouvernement du Grand Duché du Luxembourg Ville de Luxembourg Centre National de l'Audiovisuel Cinematheque Utopia Utopolis Film Fund Luxembourg Orange BGL