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Memory Exercises

Fall Grant 2013 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

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Paz Encina / Feature Documentary / Paraguay, Argentina, Qatar / 2014 / 80 min / Colour / Original Language: Spanish / Interests: Social Issues, Docufiction


Between 1954 and 1989, Paraguay suffered one of the longest dictatorships in Latin America: 35 years of repression, silence, torture, exile, fear and disappearing. To remember that era would be a determining factor for the future of the country. It would mean an end to the system of corruption. Memory is the only thing that might save the Paraguayan people. ‘Memory Exercises’ is a documentary film about the story of people who need to remember specific moments – to recollect everything. It is also the story of a childhood in exile and the always-present question of returning to one’s homeland.


Paz Encina
Paz Encina
Constanza Sanz Palacios

About the Director

Paz Encina was born in 1971 in Asunción, Paraguay. She obtained a Masters degree in Cinematography in 2001 from the Universidad del Cine (FUC). Her first film, ‘Hamaca Paraguaya’, won several awards, including the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 (Un Certain Regard Competition), the Luis Buñuel award and the Ficco prize, both for best Latin American film. The film had its commercial premiere in several countries, and was sold to Arte France and Encuentro in Argentina. In 2010 she made the short films ‘Rio Paraguay (Three Movements)’ and ‘Viento Sur’, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2012. ‘Memory Exercises’ is her second feature film.

Production Company Profile

Constanza Sanz Palacios Films began in 2005 as an independent production company focused on auteur films, developing works that seek innovation in cinematographic language for release and distribution locally and internationally. The company’s productions include Edgardo Cozarinsky’s ‘Letter to a Father’ (2013), ‘Nocturnos’ (2011) and ‘Notes for an Imaginary Biography’ (2010); Inés de Oliveira Cézar’s ‘Cassandra’ (2012), Homero Cirelli’s ‘Sado’ (2012) and Ernesto Baca’s ‘Vrindavana’ (2010).

Awards and Festival History


San Sebastian Film Festival 2017, Zabaltegui-Tabakalera section (WP)
Cartagena Film Festival 2017
Cinema du Réel 2017
International Cinema Festival of Munich 2017

Theatrical release in Argentina (end of March 2017)


Best Director and Best Documentary, FICCI Cartagena 2017


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    Constanza Sanz Palacios


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