7 Boxes

(7 cajas)
Maneglia-Schémbori | Fiction

2013 | 105 minutes | Paraguay

Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionare, 7 Boxes follows Víctor as he is offered a chance to deliver 7 boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick USD $100, getting himself caught up in a crime he knows nothing about.


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 Millionare, 7 Boxes was declared a film of cultural interest by the National Secretary of Culture of Paraguay.


"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, Video Librarian

"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

"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… 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 and Latin American Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College

Main credits

Maneglia, Juan Carlos (film director)
Maneglia, Juan Carlos (screenwriter)
Schémbori, Tana (film director)
González, Lali (actor)
Franco, Celso (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Richard Careaga; editor, Juan Zaleda, Juan Carlos Maneglia; music, Fran Villalba.

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Goya Awards® - Best Iberoamerican Film Nomination
Toronto International Film Festival
San Sebastián Film Festival - Youth Jury Award
Miami Film Festival - Audience Award
Palm Springs Film Festival - New Voices/New Visions, Special Jury Mention
Seattle International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Maneglia-Schémbori


YEAR: 2013

GENRE: Fiction

LANGUAGE: Spanish; Guarani; Korean; Other languages

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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