Scene from the film Cuchillo de Palo / 108
Scene from the film Cuchillo de Palo / 108
Scene from the film Cuchillo de Palo / 108
Scene from the film Cuchillo de Palo / 108
Scene from the film Cuchillo de Palo / 108
Scene from the film Cuchillo de Palo / 108

Cuchillo de Palo / 108

Direction
Year 
2010
Country
  • Spain
Runtime
95min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

It was winter. My father called us urgently. My uncle’s naked body had been found on the floor. There was a crowd of people standing about. The police dispersed the curious onlookers. My relatives were there. They asked me to go inside and choose the clothes in which he would be buried. I opened his wardrobe: it was empty. When I asked them what he died of they told me: of sadness. That answer contradicted all my memories of his life. I think my parents made a mistake when they told me as a child: “You must not enter your uncle’s house.” From that moment on, everything he did attracted my attention. Rodolfo was different. He wore flashy clothes, listened to Elvis and danced at every birthday party. The strange thing was that the chair by his side was always empty. He was the only one of my father’s brothers who didn’t want to be a blacksmith like my grandfather. In Paraguay in the eighties, under Stroessner’s dictatorship, he wanted to be a dancer. In my film I search for traces of his life, and discover that he was included in one of the ‘108 lists’, and was arrested and tortured. Even today in Paraguay when someone calls you ‘108’ they mean ‘hooker, faggot.’ For more than one generation, the time the dictatorship lasted, men who came under suspicion of being homosexual or against the regime were the favourite target of collaborators. When he was released, my uncle hid in his corner until his wounds healed. Rodolfo's story reveals a part of the hidden and silenced history of my country. Renate Costa

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Details

  • Original Title
    Cuchillo de Palo / 108
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Renate Costa
  • Cinematography
    Carlos Vásquez
  • Editing
    Núria Esquerra, Carlos García
  • Music
    Berta Rojas
  • Runtime
    95 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    2010
  • Country
    • Spain
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • World Premiere: Berlinale 2010, Panorama Section
    • BAFICI, Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (Argentina) 2010
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara (México) 2010
    • Festival de Cine de Málaga (Spain) 2010
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Lima (Perú) 2010
    • Krakov Film Festival (Poland) 2010
    • Alcances Cádiz, Muestra Cinematográfica del Atlántico 2010 (Spain)
    • Docslisboa (Portugal) 2010
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali (Colombia) 2010
    • Festival dei Popoli (Italy) 2010
    • RIDM, Montreal International Documentary Festival (Canada) 2010
    • Festival des 3 Continentes, Nantes (France) 2010
    • Atlantidocs, International Festival Documentary Film (Uruguay) 2010
    • Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de la Habana (Cuba) 2010
    • «Best Human Rights Film»
    • «Feisal Price for Best Documentary» and «Special Mention of the Jury»
    • «Biznaga de Plata for Best Documentary Film»
    • «Best Documentary Film»
    • «Special Mention of the Jury»
    • «Premio Caracola Alcances for Best Documentary Film»
    • «Best Documentary Film Section Investigations»
    • «Special Price of the Jury»
    • «Best Documentary Film»
    • «Prix Caméra Au Poing» and «Prix Première Caméra»
    • «Montgolfière d'Argent» and «Prix du Jury Jeune»
    • «Prix Atlantidocs Best Documentary Film»
    • «Best Documentary Film: Premio Cibervoto del Portal del Cine y el Audiovisual Latinoamericano y Caribeño de la Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano»

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