Contemporary World Cinema | 2017 | 102 minutes
SIFF Says:Good-natured and clever to a fault, newspaper delivery boy Manu (Tomas Arredondo) dreams of a life of opulence and wealth, one far removed from the realities of La Chacarita, the shantytown outside Asunción where he’s stuck living with his overworked mother, baby sister, and fussy grandparents. Given a book on his nation’s history by his once-thrill-seeking grandfather, Manu discovers a weathered treasure map hidden within, quickly realizing that riches beyond his wildest dreams might be closer than he’d ever imagined. Enlisting the help of manic best friend Fito (Christian Ferreira) and cautious local café owner Elio (Mario Toñanez), the trio set out to uncover a hidden fortune of silver, the mythical “Plata Yvyguy,” but quickly discover that Paraguay—as well as a colorful cast of locals just as desperate to escape poverty—does not give up secrets easily. A fast-paced, funny, and thrilling follow-up to their breakout sensation 7 BOXES (SIFF, 2013), writer/directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori’s clever heist movie is old-fashioned entertainment—a “Paraguayan Indiana Jones,” if you will—in the best sense of the phrase.
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