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Alsino and the Condor

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Original title
Alsino y el cóndor (Alsino and the Condor)
Year
Running time
89 min.
Country
Nicaragua Nicaragua
Director
Screenwriter
Isidora Aguirre, Miguel Littin, Tomás Pérez Turrent
Music
Leo Brouwer
Cinematography
Jorge Herrera, Pablo Martínez
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Nicaragua-Cuba-Mexico-Costa Rica; CRFC / Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industrias Cinematográficos (ICAIC) / NFI / Latin-American Film Releasing
Genre
Drama. War | Nicaraguan Revolution
Synopsis / Plot
Alsino, a boy of 10 or 12, lives with his grandmother in a remote area of Nicaragua. He's engulfed in the war between rebels and government troops when a US advisor orders the army to open a staging area by the boy's hamlet. Alsino tries to be a child, climbing trees with a girl, looking through his grandfather's trunk of mementos and trying to fly; he goes to town to sell a saddle, has his first drink and is taken to a brothel. But the war surrounds him. The US advisor takes Alsino on a chopper flight, but he's unimpressed. The soldiers' cruelties awake rebel sympathies in Alsino, and after an army assault backfires, the lad is fully baptized into the conflict.
Awards
1982: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
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