hamaca paraguaya

By Paz Encina 

With Georgina Genes, Ramon del Rio

Synopsis June 14, 1935. And yet, much later. 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. These roles go back and forth while the couple sit, and after the death and in between, they wait eternally for the passing of time.

Production Slot Machine, Lita Stantic Producciones, Fortuna Films, Wanda Vision, Silencio Cine

Duration 1h30
Year of production 2006
Realease date France November 15, 2006
Nationality France, Argentine, Holland, Spain, Paraguay
Scénario Paz Encina
Distribution France ID Distribution


Coproducers ARTE France Cinéma, New Crowned Hope – Festival Vienna 2006, Wanda Vision, CMW Film Company.

Executive producers Illuminations Films for New Crowned Hope

With the participation of Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – CNC, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, France, World Cinema Fund, Instituto Nacional de Ciné y Artes, Audiovisuales, Argentina

Supported by  Gôteborg Film festival Fund Sweden, Fundacion Typa, Argentina

"Un certain regard" Cannes 2006, Fripresci Award
Prix Prince Claus Fund at the Cinemart Market, Rotterdam 2005


technical list

Format 35 mm
Image Willy Behnisch

Sound Guido Berenblum, Victor Tendler
Editor Miguel Swerdfinger

Artistic directorCarlo Spatuzza