Federico Adorno | Fiction, Drama

2022 | 87 minutes | Paraguay, Mexico

Benjamin is having trouble adjusting to barbed wire work. Left by The Boss in a desolate spot, he and other workers feel that the Paraguayan Chaco is getting strange and tiring.


Benjamín, his uncle César, and Genaro are driven by their Mennonite Boss to a desolate spot in the Paraguayan Chaco, where they will stay for days building a fence for him. The days are long, the progress slow. Benjamín is antsy; he can’t get used to the hard, dull work and to the oppressive silence of this arid region. He wants to leave.

The Boss finally returns 30 days later; unsatisfied with the quality of the work, he tells the trio they need to stay three more days to complete the work. César and Genaro stay behind… but like Vladimir and Estragon in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, for them, this time around the wait will be eternal. For César, the oldest of the three and perhaps the most experienced, the magnitude of the physical effort is supported by the pay for the job. Meanwhile, Genaro drowns his sorrows with liters of cheap alcohol. For Benjamin, the youngest, boredom exhausts him as much as carrying logs on his back from one place to another.

Main credits

Adorno, Federico (film director)
Adorno, Federico (screenwriter)
Costa Perdomo, Renate (film producer)
Guinea, Pamela (film producer)
Cardozo, Amado (actor)
Chamorro, Fabio (actor)
Giménez, Mateo (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Fernando Lockett; editing, Delfina Castagnino, Lenz Claure; music, Carlos Zárate.

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Florianopolis Audiovisual Mercosul - Best Film; International Film Festival for Human Rights - Best International Fiction Film; Seattle Latino Film Festival - Best Film, Best Actor, Best Photography, Best Director; Fenavid - Signis Award; BioBioCine Film Festival - Special Jury Mention; San Sebastian Film Festival; International Film Festival Entrevues Belfort; Guadalajara Film Festival; AFI Latin American Film Festival, Chicago Latino Film Festival; Seattle Latino Film Festival; Festival Internacional de Cine de Punta del Este; FICUNAM; Festival de Cine Ambiental; Festival de Cine de Lima Alterna; Festival de Cine de Belo Horizonte; Festival de Cuenca

DIRECTOR: Federico Adorno

NATIONALITY: Paraguay, Mexico

YEAR: 2022

GENRE: Fiction, Drama

LANGUAGE: Spanish; Guarani; Other languages

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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