Scene from the film Yatasto
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In the suburbs of Córdoba, young cartoneros, collectors of cardboard and recyclable materials whose skills are passed down from father to son, learn the ropes while dreaming of a better life. From an oft-covered premise in Argentinian cinema — and one that could easily veer into the moralizing and maudlin — filmmaker Hermes Paralluelo achieves a great cinematic work. Opting for fixed shots and remaining constantly anchored on the point of view of its characters, young Ricardo, Bebo and Pata, Paralluelo immerses the spectator in a world that is certainly difficult, but that the film always manages to transcend, thanks to its unerring attention to the words of these resilient beings and the pictorial quality of a mise en scène that recalls Pedro Costa.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Hermes Paralluelo
  • DOP
    Hermes Paralluelo, Ezequiel Salinas
  • Editing
    Hermes Paralluelo, Ezequiel Salinas
  • Sound
    Federico Disandro
  • Duration
    98 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Argentina
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Cine El Calefón - Juan Carlos Maristany
      • 25 de Mayo 1698, Barrio General Paz.
      • Córdoba
      • Argentina
      • web:
      • tel: +54 +351 4511682
      • cell: +54 +351 155 112224
  • Distribution
      • Cine El Calefón - Juan Carlos Maristany
      • 25 de Mayo 1698, Barrio General Paz.
      • Córdoba
      • Argentina
      • web:
      • tel: +54 +351 4511682
      • cell: +54 +351 155 112224
  • Festivals
    • Bafici (Argentina, April 2011)
    • Fid Marseille (France, July 2011)
    • Hamburg filmfest (September-October 2011)
    • Río Negro Proyecta (Argentina, September 2011)
    • 16th Busan International Film Festival (South Korea, October 2011)
    • 55th BFI London Film Festival (United Kingdom, October 2011)
    • FIC Valdivia (Chile, October 2011)
    • Festival Tucuman Cine (Argentina, 2011)
    • Cineuropa (Santiago de Compostela, 2011)
    • Viennale (Austria, October 2011)
    • Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal (Canada, November 2011)
    • Cineuropa Santiago de Compostela (Spain, December 2011)
    • Festival International du Documentaire Étudiant (Saint-Ouen, France, November 2011)
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias (Colombia, 2011)
    • Ficunam (México, February 2012)
    • Blackmovie (Geneve, February 2012)
    • 4th UFO International Digital Film Festival (India, February-March 2012)
    • Play-Doc (Spain, March 2012)
    • Dok.fest München (Germany, May 2012)
    • Lima Independiente (Perú, May 2012)
    • Festival cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay (Uruguay, April 2012)
    • Festival de Cine de Málaga (Spain, April 2012)
    • Cuernavaca cinema planeta, (México, April 2012)
    • Festival du Cinema Latino-Americain de Montreal (Canada, 2012)
    • Edoc, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental (Ecuador, 2012)
    • Miradasdoc (Guía de Isora, Tenerife, 2012)
    • IFF Bratislava (Slovakia, 2012)
    • Festival Internaciional de Cine Fenavid (Bolivia, October 2012)
    • Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Cosquín (Argentina, November 2012)
    • Festival International Filmer Le Travail (Poitiers, 2013)
  • Awards
    • Bafici 2011(Best Argentinian Film, Unicef award, FEISAL award)
    • Fid Marseille 2011(Special mention of the Jury - Internatonal Competition, Special mention of the Jury - First Film Competition)
    • Viennale 2011 (FIPRESCI award)
    • Ânûû-rû âboro Peoples film Festival (Special mention of the Jury, Young Jury Award). FICUNAM 2012 (Best Film award)
    • Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Cosquín (Special mention of the Jury) Digital film festival 2012 (Second best documentary)
    • Argentares Award 2011(Best documentary script)
    • Winner of the Metropolitan Found of Arts and Sciences 2010 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
    • Winner of the First Documentary Contest 4x4 Made in Córdoba 2010,
    • Culture Ministry of Córdoba (Córdoba, Argentina)
    • Development Award of the Feature Film Federal Contest “Raymundo Gleyzer”, INCAA (National Institute of Film and Audiovisual Arts) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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