Infancia clandestina

Benjamín Ávila


Argentina 1979. After years of exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan’s parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are being tracked down relentlessly.
His friends at school and the girl he loves, Maria, know him as Ernesto, a name he must not forget, his family’s survival being at stake.
This is a story about militancy, undercover life and love. The story of a clandestine childhood.

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2012

Full-length film, 1h52



Benjamín Ávila

Producer of educational television programmes. Screenwriter and director of short films. Winner of international awards for documentary feature Nietos, on the children of « the disappeared » whose identities were re-established by the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Infancia clandestina is his first feature film, based on true events in his life.

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Other infos


Marcelo Müller, Benjamín Ávila


espagnol / spanish


Iván Gierasinchuk


Fernando Soldevila

Set decoration

Yamila Fontán


Gustavo Giani


Pedro Onetto, Marta Roca Alonso

Professional infos


Press clips