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The eighth edition of Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America takes place May 2–5, with a group of new films premiering at the MFAH.
Putting Paraguay on the cinematic map, 7 Boxes brings an inventive ingenuity to the traditional crime thriller. The setting is the country's capital, Asunción, a boiling urban hub that houses the infamous municipal marketplaces: A chaotic maze of vendors' stalls hawking everything from produce and garments to pirated DVDs and cell phones.
The film centers on Hollywood-obsessed wheelbarrow carter Victor (Celso Franco) whose greatest wish is for a camera cell phone to make a film. When he's offered a $100 dollar bill for the transfer of seven boxes, his dream seems set to become a reality. But the competition for work is fierce, and a violent competitor is determined to claim Victor's cargo. Trading car chases for wheelbarrow races, this first feature is a brilliantly low-tech homage to the Hollywood suspense-action genre.