Chronicle of a Boy Alone
|Crónica de un niño solo|
scene from film
|Directed by||Leonardo Favio|
|Produced by||Luis DeStefano|
|Written by||Leonardo Favio
|Edited by||Gerardo Rinaldi
|5 May 1965|
Chronicle of a Boy Alone (Spanish: Crónica de un niño solo), also known as Chronicle of a Lonely Child, is a 1965 Argentine film directed by Leonardo Favio. It won the Silver Condor Award for Best Film.
Polin is an eleven-year-old troublemaker in reform school for unknown reasons. After suffering from harsh treatment at the hands of the staff there, Polin finally reaches a breaking point and snaps, punching one of the supervisors in the face. He is then sent to the police station where he is locked up in a cell and left alone. Polin soon breaks out and travels back to his hometown, a rural fishing village, where he meets up with his best friend and falls back into his old routine—smoking, pickpocketing, shoplifting, skinny dipping with his friends and picking fights with the neighborhood bullies—all the while trying to avoid a run-in with the law, which he knows is inevitable.
- Diego Puente as Polín
- Tino Pascali as Official of Justice
- Óscar Espíndola as Physical Training
- Victoriano Moreira as Fiori
- Beto Gianola as Police
- Leonardo Favio as Fabián
- María Vaner as The Girl
While on the surface a film about children, at the time of its release in 1965 the film was viewed by many as a critique on Argentina's fascist regime. In addition to this, the film's brutal and realistic depiction of Argentina's state-run orphanages at the time caused a great deal of controversy.
The film also contains a controversial scene containing extensive, explicit nudity involving several young Argentine boys skinny dipping.
This controversy led the Argentine Government to ban the film shortly after its release. The film remained banned for over thirty years.
In 1996, over three decades after being banned, the film was finally released on VHS by Award Films International, and later on DVD.
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