In person: producer Estefanía Ortiz

Putting Paraguay on the cinematic map, 7 Boxes brings an inventive ingenuity to the traditional crime thriller. The setting is the country’s capital Asunción, a boiling urban hub that houses the infamous "municipal marketplaces”: a chaotic maze of vendors’ stalls hawking everything from produce and garments to pirated DVDs and cell phones. The film centers on Hollywood-obsessed wheelbarrow carter Victor (Celso Franco) whose greatest wish is for a camera cell phone to make a film. When he’s offered a $100 dollar bill for the transfer of seven boxes, his dream seems set to become a reality. But the competition for work is fierce, and a violent competitor is determined to claim Victor’s cargo. Trading car chases for wheelbarrow races, this first feature is a brilliantly low-tech homage to the Hollywood suspense-action genre. 

Sunday, May 5 screening is free for students with ID.

Estefanía Ortiz has been a producer of commercial short films and documentaries since 2007, when she joined Magnelia-Schémbori as set-up designer. In 2009, she started as chief of production for the Paraguayan feature film 7 Cajas, now in worldwide distribution. Since 2010, she has worked on the TV show Telecomio as chief of production. Ortiz is an architect with a master’s degree in artistic film direction from the Escola Superior de Cinema Audiovisuals—Catalunya.


Director
Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori
Released
2012
Language
Spanish with English subtitles
Country
Paraguay
Running Time
100 minutes
Website
http://7cajas.com/eng-inicio/