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Original Title



Marcelo Piñeyro



Country of origin

Argentina / Spain

Language spoken

Spanish / Swahili

Year of production



609,355 (Spain, as at 10 October 2003)
409,173 (Argentina, as at 14 January 2003)

Box Office

2,896,551 (Spain, as at 10 October 2003)
$ 602,281 (Argentina, as at 14 January 2003)


Alquimia Cinema S.A. (E)
Oscar Kramer S.A. (AR)
Patagonik Film Group (AR)
Televisión Española (TVE) (E)
Vía Digital (E)

Domestic distribution/World Sales

Buena Vista International (AR) (Argentina)
Hispano Foxfilms S.A.E. (E) (Spain)

Domestic release

17 October 2002 (Argentina)
29 November 2002 (Spain)

Official website


Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards 2003 (Silver Condor – Best Sound)
Cartagena Film Festival 2003 (Golden India Catalina – Best Screenplay)
Havana Film Festival 2003 (Best Screenplay and Grand Coral – Third Prize)
Vancouver International Film Festival 2003 (Most Popular Film)
Young Artist Awards 2003 (Young Artist Award – Best Young Ensemble in an International Film)

Suggested by

Giancarlo Zappoli, Artistic Director of the Castellinaria Festival (Bellinzona – CH)

List of Distributors

Release date



23 October 2002



16 April 2003



18 December 2003

Switzerland (German speaking region)


25 March 2004


United King Films

7 May 2004


Mikado (I) (2004) (theatrical)


Ten-year-old Harry lives the ordinary life of a boy from a middle-class family. His father is a lawyer and his mother a university professor. His well-ordered life comes to an abrupt end in the wake of the military coup, since his parents must go into hiding. Without further ado, Harry and his younger brother are taken out of school. Still hoping that the coup will be put down, the family takes refuge in a house on the edge of town. As dangerous as their life underground is, the children are able to enjoy an intimate relationship with their parents that didn't exist before. However, there's no to escape from the persecution of the new regime, and one day the parents decide to leave their children with their grandparents. Before they part, Harry plays a game of TEG with his father. This tactical game of war stratagems is Harry's favourite; Harry's father shows his son a decisive trick - the secret of Kamchatka - that will give him the strength to cope with his parents' absence until the military regime comes to an end. The story of the 1976 military coup in Argentina is told through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy.