Clandestine Childhood

Clandestine Childhood  {Infancia Clandestina}
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Clandestine Childhood
Infancia Clandestina
Argentina, 2012, 110 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Brazil, Spain
Topics: Coming of Age, Latino, Political
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

In 1979, after four years living in exile, a family of dissidents returns to Argentina incognito to fight the military junta from within. Their 12-year-old son Juan has to hide his Cuban accent as he leads a double life, registered in school as “Ernesto” but privy to his parents’ guerilla activities. Typical coming-of-age experiences, like advice on girls from his dad and a budding romance with a pretty classmate, occur in a surreal world of guns, ammo, and the constant fear that his family could be found out and destroyed.

Winner of the prestigious Casa de América Award at the San Sebastián Film Festival, Clandestine Childhood is based on the real-life story of first-time director Benjamín Ávila, whose mother was one of the many thousands of dissidents who “disappeared” in Argentina’s Dirty War. Ávila’s naturalistic style highlights the humanity of his characters as seen through Juan’s eyes; Teo Gutierrez Moreno, in the lead role, belies his age with a layered and nuanced performance. When the action gets violent, Ávila boldly switches from live action to graphic-novel-style illustrations.

Director Benjamin Avila expected to attend both screenings

DIRECTOR: Benjamín Ávila
Producer: Luis Puenzo
Editor: Gustavo Giani
Screenwriter: Benjamín Ávila, Marcelo Müller
Cinematographer: Iván Gierasinchuk
Music: Pedro Onetto, Marta Roca Alonso
Principal Cast: Teo Gutierrez Moreno, Natalia Oreiro, Ernesto Alterio, Cesar Troncoso, Violeta Palukas, Cristina Banegas
Filmography: Nietos (Identity and Memory) (2004)
Print Source: Film Movement -

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