7 Boxes (7 Cajas)
First show: March 13 Last show: March 20
“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.” - Indiewire
Co-presented by Cinema Errante and Cine+Mas. 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 cellular phone in the infamous Mercado 4. He’s offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents 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.
Directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori. With Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa & Lali Gonzalez. 2014. Paraguay. In Spanish & Guarani with English subtitles. 100 mins.
“The film surges by, powered by high spirits and well-plotted surprises”. – Village Voice
“7 Boxes,” a low-budget Paraguayan crime caper goosed by low-rung dreams, crackles with the desperate energy of forced innovation”. – NY Times
“Directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori weave together a complex, fast-moving intrigue”. – Chicago Reader
“The film is ripe with powerful subtext, specifically how greed, celebrity, and technology help to form a misguided sense of opportunity that keeps the working class downtrodden”. – Slant