Luis Zorraquín | Drama, Fiction, Adventure

2015 | 85 minutes | Argentina, Paraguay

Part road movie and part coming-of-age drama, Guaraní portrays two generations of Paraguayans whose views of the world seem centuries apart. A long journey to Buenos Aires will make Atilio and Iara understand the real meaning of traditions and family bonds.


A heartfelt story, Guaraní follows fisherman Atilio as he travels with his granddaughter Iara to Buenos Aires. His great desire is to have a grandson to transmit the Guaraní culture. When he discovers that Iara’s mother, Helena, is pregnant, he decides to go on a long journey and cross borders, with the aim to convince Helena to give birth in the Guarani land...

Directed by talent to watch Luis Zorraquín, Guaraní features an outstanding script. Part road movie and part coming-of-age drama, the film portrays two generations of Paraguayans whose views of the world seem centuries apart. The long journey will make Atilio and Iara understand the real meaning of traditions and family bonds.


"The film fascinates with a lifelike plot and beautiful cinematography...Guaraní is a heartfelt story you should certainly look at." — Marleen Roosna, Postimees

"A bittersweet afterglow of an ancient culture in decline' can be felt in Paraguayan-Argentinian co-production Guaraní, a world premiere from director Luis Zorraquín." — Leo Barraclough, Variety

"A journey of self-discovery and reconciliation through the scenic Paraguayan countryside." — Leo Barraclough, Variety

Main credits

Zorraquin, Luis (film director)
Zorraquin, Luis (screenwriter)
Franco, Simón (screenwriter)
Benavente, Saula (film producer)
Barreto Dávalos, Emilio (actor)
Bogarin, Jazmín (actor)
Duarte, Hebe (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Diego de Garay; editor, Juan Manuel Bramuglia; music, Pablo Borghi.

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Ventana Sur - European Vision Award
Festival FILMAR en América Latina - Youth Jury Award for Best First Feature
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
First Feature Competition at Tallinn Black Nights

DIRECTOR: Luis Zorraquín

NATIONALITY: Argentina, Paraguay

YEAR: 2015

GENRE: Drama, Fiction, Adventure

LANGUAGE: Guarani; Spanish; Indigenous languages

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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