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Paraguay | 2017 | 102 minutes | Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori

National Treasure meets The Goonies in this high-octane entertaining adventure from the makers of hit sensation 7 Boxes that begins when a teen finds an antique map pointing to hidden treasure, leading his band of whip-smart friends to stage a daring heist. Ages 13+

Good-natured and clever to a fault, newspaper delivery boy Manu (Tomas Arredondo) dreams of a life of opulence and wealth, one far removed from the realities of La Chacarita, the shantytown outside Asuncion where he's stuck living with his overworked mother, baby sister, and fussy grandparents. Given a book on his nation's history by his once-thrill-seeking grandfather, Manu discovers a weathered treasure map hidden within, quickly realizing that riches beyond his wildest dreams might be closer than he'd ever imagined. Enlisting the help of manic best friend Fito (Christian Ferreira) and cautious local cafe owner Elio (Mario Tonanez), the trio set out to uncover a hidden fortune of silver, the mythical "Plata Yvyguy," but quickly discover that Paraguay—as well as a colorful cast of locals just as desperate to escape poverty—does not give up secrets easily. A fast-paced, funny, and thrilling follow-up to their breakout sensation 7 Boxes (SIFF, 2013), writer/directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori's clever heist movie is old-fashioned entertainment—a "Paraguayan Indiana Jones," if you will—in the best sense of the phrase.

Director Biography
Creating his first short film at the age of 11, Juan Carlos Maneglia's creativity has been boundless ever since. His films take a variety of formats and are known for their unique style and captivating nature. He cites passion as the engine for his entire body of of work, believing that there is no alternative for genuine enthusiasm.

Sponsored by Comcast

  • Original Language Title: Los Buscadores
  • Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori
  • Principal Cast: Tomas Arredondo, Cecilia Torres, Christian Ferreira, Mario Tonanez, Sandra Sanabria
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Paraguay
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Producer: Richard Careaga
  • Screenplay: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Mario Gonzalez Marti
  • Cinematographers: Richard Careaga
  • Editors: Alfredo Galeano
  • Music: Derlis A. Gonzalez
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: 7 Boxes (2012); Candida (short 2004)
  • Language: Spanish, Guarani (deaf-friendly)
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: HBO Latino
  • International Sales: Film Sharks