by Luis Zorraquín

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

Atilio lives with his granddaughter Iara. His great desire is to have a grandson to transmit the Guarani culture. When he discovers that Iara's mother, Helena, is pregnant, he decides to go to a long journey and cross borders, with the aim to convince Helena to give birth in the Guarani land... The long journey will make Atilio and Iara understand the real meaning of traditions and family bonds.

Awards & Festivals

Best Feature at the Tenemos Que Ver Festival in Uruguay
Signis Prize and Balance de Bronce Prize @ Pantalla Pinamar!
US Premiere in Competition @ Santa Barbara Film Festival!
Youth Jury Award for Best First Feature @ FILMAR en América Latina!
Swiss Premiere @ Filmar en America Latina!
Polish Premiere @ Ale Kino!
World Premiere in First Feature Competition at Tallinn Black Nights!


Atilio: Emilio Barreto
Iara: Jazmin Bogarín

Director Bio

Luis Zorraquín studied at the Universidad del Cine (Argentina). He improved his studies in script with José Martínez Suárez. Luis developed his professional career in commercials and feature films where he worked as assistant director. He directed four short films. GUARANÍ is his first feature Film.

Director Statement

“Some time ago, when I was in Paraguay, I got to know Guarani’s culture, which still beats and subsists despite the huge silence and wars. Now, many people emigrate looking for a better future. I wanted to tell a story that took place in the border, with a strong Paraguayan view, opposing culture values that seem to be lost in the youngsters.”

Cast Bio

Emilio Barreto is a Paraguayan actor. He has been 13 years imprisoned by the military dictatorship. After released, he pursued his career as a theatre actor. The play EL ARTE DEL SILENCIO (2005) is his most important play.


Director: Luis Zorraquín
Screenplay: Simon Franco & Luis Zorraquín
Director of Photography: Diego de Garay
Production Manager: Palmer Mitchell
Editor: Nelo Bramuglia
Sound: Lucas Larriera
Producer: Saula Benavente & Esteban Lucangioli
Co-production Companies: Puatarará Filmes (Paraguay) and Z+F (Argentina)
Production Company: SaltaUnaRana Cine (Argentina)

Original Title: GUARANÍ / DIGITAL 4K – SONY F3 / 16:9/ Colour / 85 min / Audio: 5.1 / Drama / Guarani & Spanish with English subtitles / DCP / Argentina & Paraguay, 2015

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