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Infancia clandestina

Fortnight 2012, Feature film, 1h52


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.


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.

César Troncoso
Cristina Banegas
Ernesto Alterio
Natalia Oreiro
Teo Gutiérrez Moreno

Marcelo Müller, Benjamín Ávila

Iván Gierasinchuk

Fernando Soldevila

Gustavo Giani

Pedro Onetto, Marta Roca Alonso

Set decoration
Yamila Fontán

Production :
Historias Cinematograficas S.A.
Amenabar 51 piso 1
c1426aia Buenos aires – Argentine
Tél : + 54 11 4777 7784

Coproduction :
Habitacion 1520 Producciones (Argentine)
Radio y Televisión Argentina (Argentine)
Antártida Produccions (Espagne)
Academia de Filmes (Brésil)

Ventes / Foreign sales :
Pyramide International
5 rue du Chevalier de Saint George
75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 1 42 96 02 20
Contact : Lucero Garzon –

Distribution :
Pyramide Distribution
5 rue du Chevalier de Saint George
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 1 42 96 01 10 / 01 01
Contact : Roxane Arnold –

Presse internationale / International publicist :
Laurette Monconduit
Jean-Marc Feytout
Sophie Bataille
17/19 rue de la Plaine
75020 Paris
Tél : +33 1 40 24 08 25

Presse espagnole / Spanish publicist :

+34 (0)9 32 95 59 70

Nuria Costa

Jose Tirado

Title in Original Version : Clandestine Childhood

Press release

Una verdadera catarsis /
El cineasta Benjamín Ávila estrena en Cannes “Infancia clandestina” /
“Infancia clandestina” llegó al Festival de Cine de Cannes /
a fictionalized account that mixes truth and artistic license along with the perception of memory / Variety
Cannes y el drama nacional /
Natalia Oreiro: “Si no hubiera sido actriz, estaría loca” /
“Militancia no es sinónimo de muerte, sino de crecer” /
Ovación unánime para la primera película del argentino Benjamín Ávila /
La guérilla en version familiale /