by Marcos Loayza

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

Young bootblack Tupah embarks on a frantic quest to find his uncle lost in the Averno, a place where the Andean inhabitants believe that the dead coexist with the living and where everything finds its opposite face. In a dangerous journey through the underworld, as myth and reality get endlessly intertwined, Tupah has to defeat the worst of his enemies and the greatest of his fears.

Awards & Festivals

Best Latin-American Film BAFICI 2018
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Paolo Vargas, Leonel Fransezze, Fred Nuñez, Patricia García, Adolfo Paco, Sidney Sanchez

Director Bio

Marcos Loayza is a Bolivian director who studied under the orientation of Jean-Claude Carrière at the EICTV, Cuba. Most renowned for Cuestión de Fe/A Matter of Fate (1995), his previous features have been screened in some of the most prestigious festivals in the world, such as Rotterdam, Berlin or Palm Springs. 

Director Statement

The myth of a hero that descends into the underworld to rescue somebody and come back, is very common among many cultures. Averno adapts that myth in order to represent a world that is mainly expressed in the Andean literature, art and folklore, but not in the audio-visual. It is an aesthetic universe never seen before. 

Cast Bio

Paolo Vargas is a young TV and film actor and a choreographer. He starred in several short films, Averno is his first feature as a protagonist. He is recognized for his role in the ATB TV series Picante Surtido.

Leonel Fransezze is an Argentinian TV presenter and actor. He is known in Bolivia for his work in musical theatre. 

Fred Nuñez is a Bolivian TV and film actor. He has previously collaborated with the director Marcos Loayza in his 2012 film The Sleeping Beauties.


Writer, Director Marcos Loayza
Producer Santiago Loayza Grisi
Executive producers Alejandro Loayza Grisi, Marcos Loayza, Santiago Loayza Grisi
Associate Producer Suerte en Pila (Uruguay)
Cinematographer Nelson Wainstein C.S.U
Art Director Abel Bellido
Sound Engineer Sergio Medina
Original Score Federico Pereira - Gabriel Estrada
Editor Fabio Pallero 
First AD Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Production Manager Álvaro Manzano
Tecnical production Claudio Durán
Costume Designer Valeria Wilde
Makeup Paola Romay
Casting Director Patricia García 

Bolivia, Uruguay 2018 | Adventure, Fantasy | 87' | 2.35:1 | Spanish OV with English Subs | 4K | 24fps

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