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Director
Benjamin Αvila

Filmography
Selected
2004 Nietos (Identidad y Memoria) (doc)
2012 Infancia clandestina/Clandestine Childhood

Biography
He is a producer of educational programs for television, a short-film screenwriter and director. He won several international awards for his documentary Nietos (Identidad y memoria), about the children of the disappeared whose identities have been restored by the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Clandestine Childhood is his first feature and is based on his own life. It won the Casa de América Award at Films in Progress 20 (San Sebastián, 2011) and the Best Director Award at the San Sebastián IFF 2012. It also screened at the Directors’ Fortnight of the 2012 Cannes IFF.

Main Program

Clandestine Childhood / Benjamin Αvila

Argentina 1979. After years of exile, twelve-year-old Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan’s parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros, an organization fighting against the military junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities, they are being tracked relentlessly. His friends at school and Maria, the girl he loves, know him as Ernesto, a name he must not forget, his family’s survival being at stake. This is a story about militancy, undercover life and love. The story of a clandestine childhood.


Director:Benjamin Αvila
Script:Benjamin Avila, Marcelo Müller
Cinematography:Iván Gierasinchuk
Editing:Gustavo Giani
Sound:Fernando Soldevila
Music:Pedro Onetto
Costumes:Ludmila Fincic
With:Ernesto Alterio (Uncle Beto), Natalia Oreiro (Charo), César Troncoso (Daniel), Teo Gutierrez Moreno (Juan), Cristina Banegas (grandmother)
World Sales:Pyramide International, France T. +33 1 42 96 02 20 lgrazon@pyramidefilms.com www.pyramidefilms.com/international
Distribution in Greece:Kalliopi Kontaraki T. +30 210 941 0225 F. +30 210 941 0858 info@videorama.gr www.videorama.gr
Producer:Luis Puenzo
Production:Historias Cinematograficas, Argentina info@historias.com www.puenzo.com & Habitacion 1520 Producciones, Brazil, ary.pini@inkbr.com www.inkbr.com
Production Country:Argentina-Spain-Brazil
Co-production:Antàrtida Produccions (Spain) T.+34 93 410 6631 F.+34 93 410 9587 info@antartida.tv www.antartida.tv & Academia de Filmes, Radio y Televisión (Argentina)
Format:35mm Color
Duration:110'
Production Year:2012
Best Director – San Sebastián IFF 2012
Screening Schedule
JOHN CASSAVETES:Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 15:00 | ID:153
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 22:00 | ID:826
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