Berlinale

Hamaca Paraguaya

Synopsis
It’s already autumn and it’s still hot – the heat never goes away. In a remote place in Paraguay, an elderly peasant couple Candida and Ramon are waiting for their son who left to fight the Chaco War. They are also waiting for the rain to come, it keeps announcing its arrival but it doesn’t come; and for the wind that never comes either; and for the heat to go away but it never does in spite of the season; and for the dog to stop barking, but it will never stop and, all in all, they are waiting for better times to come. The instant of the eternal waiting is found between the “before” and the “after” of time. The couple faces these waiting moments with different attitudes: Ramon, a farmer, waits with optimism; Candida, a mother and a washerwoman, believes her son is already dead, therefore it makes no sense to keep waiting.


World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2006, Un Certain Regard

Key festivals and awards
FIPRESCI Award, Cannes International Film Festival 2006
Critics Award, São Paulo International Film Festival 2006
Pusan International Film Festival 2006
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2007

Paraguay, 2006
Director: Paz Encina
Producers: Slot Machine (France), Fortuna Films (The Netherlands), ARTE France Cinema (France), New Crowned Hope (Austria), Lita Stantic Producciones (Argentina), Silencio Cine, Wanda Vision (Spain), Black Forest Films (Germany)
German WCF partner: Black Forest Films
World sales: Scalpel Films (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2005
Funding amount: 30.000 €