PANAMÁ 
Director: Javier Izquierdo
Ecuador, 2019
Spanish with English subtitles | 72 min 

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Two Ecuadorian twenty-six-year-olds, former high school classmates, run into each other by coincidence in Panama City in 1985. They haven’t seen each other since their graduation and, although quite close at that time, have followed opposite paths: Esteban works as a banker in Ecuador and is there for business, not always legitimate. José Luis presents himself as a journalist, but is really living clandestinely while preparing a new militant action in Ecuador. Inspired by a true story.

Dos ecuatorianos de veintiséis años, ex compañeros de secundaria, se encuentran por coincidencia en la ciudad de Panamá en 1985. No se han visto desde su graduación y, aunque eran bastante cercanos en ese momento, han seguido caminos opuestos: Esteban trabaja como banquero en Ecuador y está ahí por negocios, que no son siempre legítimos. José Luis se presenta como periodista, pero en realidad es miembro del grupo guerrillero Alfaro Vive Carajo, viviendo clandestinamente mientras prepara una nueva acción en Ecuador: el secuestro de un banquero. Inspirado en una historia real.

Javier Izquierdo is mainly known for his documentaries. Un Secreto en la caja (A Secret in the Box), a false documentary about the fictional Ecuadorian writer Marcelo Chiriboga, was recognized at the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival. Panamá is his first fiction film.