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Spanish, Guaraní and Korean with English subtitles

With Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa, Lali González, Nico García, Paletita, Manuel Portillo, Mario Toñanez, Nelly Dávalos

It’s Friday night in Asunción, Paraguay, and the temperature is sweltering. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of fame and owning a fancy TV set from the infamous Mercado 4. He’s offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick one hundred US dollars. But, what sounds like an easy job soon becomes 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.

Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionare7 Boxes was declared a film of cultural interest by the National Secretary of Culture of Paraguay.

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WHAT SFC AFFILIATED UNIVERSITIES ARE SAYING

The audience reacted very positively to the film. This was the most popular film I would say. The protagonists were the same age as my students and they were able to relate to the characters. They enjoyed the elements of comedy and the action. I thought it was an excellent film as it depicts several different dimensions of society from Paraguay.” – Alexandra Martinez PhD., Assistant Professor, Jacksonville State University

The audience LOVED this film. The gasped, laughed or shrieked according to what was happening on screen…It was definitely a wonderful film to start off the festival and to include in a festival line-up. Many students commented on the Guarani and Spanish bilingual nature of the film. It caused a lot of interest in Paraguay and indigenous languages of the Americas.” – K. Angelique Dwyer, Assistant Professor of Spanish & Latin American Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College

About the Director

The Maneglia-Schémbori duo originates from the strong passion that Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori have for film. Consequently the short films, telefilms and tv series they produce seek to find their own language and to install a national cinematography to identify them.

They join to work together formally for the first time in 1990 with the TV miniseries La Disputa. Since then, they have made together several successful materials for TV, video, and cinema.

Over the years, Juan Carlos and Tana, with their talent and ability, have inspired others to follow the same path. The challenges continue, and their loyalty to fiction TV too, the goal now is to translate it on the big screen with their first feature film: 7 Boxes.

Press

“Genre-film bliss…The storytelling confidence, unaffected acting, and, above all, a heightened grasp of plotting and logistics on display in 7 Boxes is astonishing.” – Kurt Halfyard, TWITCH

“A wild and cunningly plotted chase movie…rollicking entertainment.” – Robert Koehler, VARIETY

Grade: A 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, INDIEWIRE

“I’d actually suggest that 7 Boxes is better [than Slumdog Millionaire]; it’s got a better sense of real place, of action, of pacing…I felt the same vibe I did from Reservoir Dogs or El Mariachi or Primer… hurtling action and camerawork so deft in the heat of the moment you almost –almost– don’t notice how good it is…it’s a thriller with life, heart and excitement coursing through it until you can feel the power of the passion that made the film it sputtering off every frame like sparks from a roaring fire.” – James Rocchi, MSN

“Filmmakers Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori keep the chase going at a fever pitch…this powerful and unusual action film is recommended.” – T. Keogh, VIDEOLIBRARIAN

“The audience reacted very positively to the film. This was the most popular film I would say. The protagonists were the same age as my students and they were able to relate to the characters. They enjoyed the elements of comedy and the action. I thought it was an excellent film as it depicts several different dimensions of society from Paraguay.” – Alexandra Martinez PhD., Assistant Professor, Jacksonville State University

“The audience LOVED this film. The gasped, laughed or shrieked according to what was happening on screen…It was definitely a wonderful film to start off the festival and to include in a festival line-up. Many students commented on the Guarani and Spanish bilingual nature of the film. It caused a lot of interest in Paraguay and indigenous languages of the Americas.” – K. Angelique Dwyer, Assistant Professor of Spanish & Latin American Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College

Notes on Film

Juan Carlos Maneglia has always been a constant visitor to the Market 4 of Asuncion, and since 2004, fascinated by the place and its inhabitants, he begins observing the wheelbarrow men of the Market. He starts, then tracing the first drafts of the 7 Boxes plot, and like a Ñanduti fabric (needlepoint applied in Paraguayan crafts), intertwining thread by thread a suspense story.

In every Market around the world, the common denominator is that everyone goes to buy there: the rich and   poor, regardless age, race or culture. “If you want to know how a country eats and lives then visit its local market”.

7 Boxes shows exactly that: the environment of the Asunción Central Market, an underworld with its own codes, particular characters and places with a visual richness as never seen before in the big screen.

The Market number 4 covers about eight blocks in the middle of the city, and at first glance, its hallways are never ending. It is home to about 500 people, but commercially serves to around 2000. It´s the place where Koreans, Chinese, Arabs, Jews and Paraguayans coexist. And there, everything is for sale: fruits, vegetables, electronics, cell phones, clothing and sometimes, even dignity.

In 7 Boxes  we see the market and its inhabitants, those who survive with almost nothing, with diverse needs that varies from saving food costs, buying with pending urgency a medicine, paying the usurer an old debt, buying tickets to a raffle they know they will win, raising money to a birth and a funeral. You pay to live. And to die as well.