by Diego Araujo

Ecuador/Argentina 2014, 82 min

In a world turned upside down, life reveals new paths to explore

Juan Pablo, 16, travels to the remote family hacienda in the Andes, where his uncle, involved in a corruption scandal, has taken refuge with his wife and teenage children. It is the carnival holiday of 1999, days before the collapse of Ecuador’s banking system. There, Juan Pablo meets Juano, an enigmatic, self-assured black-metal fan from the nearby pueblo, who opens his eyes to a new, liberating universe. As his country and family heads for the abyss, the boys’ budding friendship develops into a fragile romance, and Juan Pablo is forced to define himself against his chaotic surroundings.


Special Mention for Best Feature - Festival Internacional de Cine/ JUJUY 2015
Jury‘s Special Prize - 1st Festival de Cine las Tres Fronteras 2014
Tribeca Film Institute and TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund's "Heineken Voces Award" 2012
Latino Film Fund Production Seed Grant 2011
Ibermedia Co-production Fund 2011
Production Award National Film Board of Ecuador (Cncine) 2010


World Premiere: Berlinale Generation 2014

North American Premiere: Frameline San Francisco LGBT FF 2014
Ecuadorean FF Madrid 2018
Cinema Comfama 2022

Cast & Crew

Manuel Arregui, Andrés Paredes, Manuela Merchán, Canela Samaniego, Irwin Ortiz, Cristina Morrison

Production: Hanne-Lovise Skartveit (Lunafilms Audiovisual)

Diego Araujo

Born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1975. In 1998 he got a scholarship to study a Master in Screenwriting at the University of Bergen, Norway, and afterwards he went to Florida to get an MFA in Film Production at Florida State University. He worked as an editor for several years in New York while he developed the script for FERIADO. In 2012 he won the Tribeca Film Institute’s Heineken Voces award and the same year he returned to Ecuador to start making FERIADO, his debut feature.