La Fiebre del Loco

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La Fiebre del Loco
Directed by Andrés Wood
Written by René Arcos
Gilberto Villaroel
Starring Emilio Bardi
Luis Dubó
Release date
  • October 2001 (2001-10)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Chile
Language Spanish

La Fiebre del Loco[1] (The Abalone Fever in Spanish) is a 2001 Chilean comedy.


The film is about infighting between visiting prostitutes and fishermen's wives in a small fishing village in rural Southern Chile that has become greedy and crazy for Chilean abalone.[2][3] In Spanish the word loco has the dual meaning of Chilean abalone and crazy. The film's tagline was "Amor y avaricia en un mundo de buzos y moluscos" (Spanish for: Love and greed in a world of scuba and mollusks). The film's title in German was Das Loco-Fieber and English Loco Fever. In the film all hell breaks loose when the Chilean government temporarily lifts the ban on the collection of the Chilean abalone, a mollusk with aphrodisiacal effects.[4]


  • Emilio Bardi - Canuto
  • Luis Dubó - Jorge
  • Loreto Moyo - Sonia
  • Luis Margani - Padre Luis (Father Luis)
  • Tamara Acosta - Nelly
  • María Izquierdo - Leila
  • Mariana Loyola - Paty
  • Patricia López (credited as Patricia López Menadier) - Isabel
  • Carmina Riego
  • Pilar Zderich - Denisse
  • Aldo Parodi
  • Julio Marcone - Yukio
  • Cristián Chaparro
  • Gabriela Medina
  • Carmen Barros
  • Marcela Arroyave
  • Claudia Hidalgo
  • Chamila Rodríguez
  • Pablo Striano
  • Camila Videla

Technical information[edit]

Realization and demonstration, on October 29, 2001, of the first digital cinema transmission by satellite in Europe[5][6][7] of a feature film (La Fiebre del Loco) by Bernard Pauchon[8] and Philippe Binant.[9]


  1. ^ La Fiebre del Loco
  2. ^ (in Spanish)Muestra 'locuras' chilenas, access date August 9, 2008
  3. ^ Fiebre del loco, La, Internet Movie Database, access date August 9, 2008
  4. ^ VENICE FILM FESTIVAL : A New Wave:Movies Without Borders, by Roderick Conway Morris, International Herald Tribune, August 29, 2002, access date August 9, 2008
  5. ^ France Télécom, Commission Supérieure Technique de l'Image et du Son, Communiqué de presse, Paris, October 29th, 2001.
  6. ^ «Numérique : le cinéma en mutation», Projections, 13, CNC, Paris, September 2004, p. 7.
  7. ^ Olivier Bomsel, Gilles Le Blanc, Dernier tango argentique. Le cinéma face à la numérisation, Ecole des Mines de Paris, 2002, p. 12.
  8. ^ Bernard Pauchon, France Telecom and digital cinema, ShowEast, 2001, p. 10.
  9. ^ Première numérique pour le cinéma français, 01net, 2002.

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