Clandestine Childhood

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Clandestine Childhood
Infancia Clandestina.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Benjamín Ávila
Written by Marcelo Müller
Benjamín Ávila
Starring Ernesto Alterio
Cristina Banegas
Natalia Oreiro
Music by Divididos
Cinematography Iván Gierasinchuk
Habitación 1520
Distributed by Distribution Company (ARG)
Release date(s)
  • 20 September 2011 (2011-09-20) (San Sebastián)
  • 20 September 2012 (2012-09-20) (Argentina)
Running time 110 minutes[1]
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

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.[2]


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.[3]



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.[3] The actors spent several days with former Montoneros, to understand both the sociopolitical context of the time and the daily life of Montoneros partisans.[3]

Natalia Oreiro took part in the film before getting pregnant. She found that portraying the character was a difficult task, as the director wanted her to be both sweet and aggressive.[3]

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.[4]


The film was ranked as the 8th most seen film in Argentina at the premiere.[5] As of September 2012, the film was sold to 20 countries.[6]


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,[6][7] however, the film did not receive a nomination.

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Young Actor Teo Gutierrez Romero Nominated [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Infancia clandestina" (in Spanish). Cine Nacional. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Infancia Clandestina va al Oscar". Terra Argentina (Terra Argentina). 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Victoria Pérez Zabala (15 September 2012). "La doble vida de Juan" [Juan's double life] (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Pedro Irigoyen (28 September 2012). "Oreiro: "Esto es un gran mimo"" [Oreiro: "This is a great hug"] (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Ultracine (25 September 2012). "Un osito rendidor" [A resourceful little bear] (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Pablo O. Scholz (28 September 2012). "Infancia clandestina: la argentina elegida para el Oscar" [Clandestine Childhood: the Argentine one selected for the Oscar] (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Oscar 2013: Infancia Clandestina representará a la Argentina" [Oscar 2013: Clandestine Childhood will represent Argentina] (in Spanish). La Nación. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 2013-03-31. 

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