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 TV set 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 – without even realizing – Víctor and his pursuers will get involved in a crime of which they don’t know anything: neither the cause nor the victim nor the victimizer. All of them are accomplices, because necessity forces them to run, to scream, to remain silent, or simply to pretend to be dumb.
“Turning the Paraguayan capital’s biggest public market into an arena for a wild and cunningly plotted chase movie, filmmaking partners Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori build a rollicking entertainment.” – Variety
“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
“…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.” – MSN Entertainment
Miami Film Festival
2013 – Won Audience Award World Competition
Palm Springs International Film Festival
2013 – Won New Voices/New Visions Special Jury Mention
San Sebastián International Film Festival
2012 – Won Youth Jury Award
Toronto International Film Festival
2012 – Nominated Discovery Award; International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI)