|Directed by||Benjamín Ávila|
|Written by||Marcelo Müller
|Distributed by||Distribution Company (ARG)|
|Running time||110 minutes|
Clandestine Childhood (Spanish: Infancia clandestina) is a 2011 Argentine drama film directed from Benjamín Ávila. Critically acclaimed, the film won ten awards from the Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences and five awards from the Argentine Film Critics Association, including the Silver Condor Award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. It was Argentina's submission for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film to be presented in February 2013 at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.
Clandestine Childhood a historical film set in the Cold War time period in Argentina referred to as the Dirty War. The main characters in the film are a married couple of Montoneros living in Cuba, and their two children. With the help of their "Uncle Beto" they forge new identities and return to the country to take part in the counteroffensive. The film is narrated from the point of view of Juan, one of their children.
- Natalia Oreiro as Cristina alias Charo
- Ernesto Alterio as Uncle Beto
- César Troncoso as Horacio alias Daniel
- Teo Gutiérrez Romero as Juan alias Ernesto Estrada
- Cristina Banegas as Grandmother Amalia
- Douglas Simon as Gregorio
- Violeta Palukas as María
- Marcelo Mininno
- Mayana Neiva as Carmen
The film is freely based on the personal infancy of the director Benjamín Ávila, whose mother was affiliated with the Montoneros and killed by the military. The actors spent several days with former Montoneros, to understand both the sociopolitical context of the time and the daily life of Montoneros partisans.
Natalia Oreiro is married to Ricardo Mollo, vocalist and lead guitar of the Rock band Divididos. Benjamín Ávila invited the band to provide the soundtrack if they liked the film. Although he does not appear on screen, Mollo played the guitar during a scene with Oreiro singing a song by the tango artist Enrique Santos Discépolo.
The film was submitted by the Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences to compete for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. It prevailed over another Argentine film, El último Elvis, by a single vote, however, the film did not receive a nomination.
|2013||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Young Actor||Teo Gutierrez Romero||Nominated|||
- List of submissions to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Argentine submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
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- Official website
- Infancia Clandestina at the Internet Movie Database
- Clandestine Childhood at the TCM Movie Database
- Infancia Clandestina at Distribution Company website