Hamaca paraguaya (2006) AKA Paraguayan Hammock

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In its sixty-five minutes, Paz Encina’s first film, from 2006, carries Ramón and Cándida, an aging couple living in the deep country, from sunrise, when they hang their old hammock between two trees in a clearing, to sunset, when they take it in. Settled in its tenuous grasp, they talk about the heat, the rain, the dog that won’t stop barking, the war, and their son, Máximo, who is doing his military service and hasn’t been heard from lately. The father lives in hope, the mother in fear, and scenes of their daily rounds of labor and rest—images of a contemplative pictorial exaltation—are joined by voice-over flashbacks revealing the story of their son’s departure and the rumors that followed.

Director: Paz Encina. AKA Paraguayan Hammock.
Writer: Paz Encina.
Stars: Ramon Del Rio, Georgina Genes, Jorge López.

2006 Cannes Film Festival – Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard).
2006 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award.
2006 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Camera.

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