Tren Paraguay

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Though Paraguay´s steam train ceased operations many years ago (and even the “Tren del Lago” to Aregua has been out of commission for over a year) the “tren” lives on in the memories of Paraguayans. In his documentary film “Tren Paraguay” director Mauricio Rial Banti makes the most of these memories, bringing the train to life through dynamic interviews shot in evocative locations. The people featured in the film are charismatic, telling train related stories that are funny and often touching (fortunately there are subtitles for when they break in to Guaraní). The train itself is never shown but through imaginative cinematography and sound editing the movie manages to evoke the train very creatively. “Tren Paraguay” is playing at Shopping Villa Morra until next Thursday with screenings every day at 9pm and is highly recommended. Catch this movie before it leaves theaters!

For more information about “Tren Paraguay” you can check out the movie´s Facebook page as well as this article in ABC Color: For more information on visiting Paraguay´s remaining train stations check out this past post:

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Aunque hace años que el tren al vapor ya no funciona (y hasta el “Tren de Lago” de Aregua ha estado sin operar desde hace más de un año) los Paraguayos mantienen muchos recuerdos del tren. En su documental “Tren Paraguay” el director Mauricio Rial Banti les saca el jugo a estos recuerdos, reviviendo el tren através de entrevistas dinámicas grabadas en ubicaciones evocativas. Los personajes son carismáticos, rememorando el tren con cuentos chistosos y conmovedores (afortunadamente hay subtítulos en Castellano para los momentos cuando hablan en Guaraní). Nunca se muestra el tren mismo, pero con cinematografía y edición de sonidos muy imaginativo el documental logra captar la energía del tren. “Tren Paraguay” se está proyectando en Shopping Villa Morra hasta el próximo jueves con funciones cada día a las 21hs. Es altamente recomendado. ¡Hay que verlo antes de que salga de cartelera!

Para más información sobre “Tren Paraguay” puedes visitar la página de la película en Facebook y tambíen leer este artículo de ABC Color: Para más información sobre visitar los estaciones de tren lee esté post:


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2 comments on “Tren Paraguay
  1. Christie says:

    I am so sad the the Tren del Lago no longer runs. Thanks for the info about this film, I hope I’m able to see it. 🙂

  2. paraguay says:

    I´m upset about the train too – I wish it were clear what is going on and how much longer it will take to repair. Hopefully Senatur will get involved because it is a nice and easy day trip for tourists in Asunción – especially since there is so little else going on on Sundays! The film is definitely worth seeing!

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