Feriado / Holiday

A film by Diego Araujo

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

Co-presented by aGLIFF


Ecuador/Argentina, Drama/Coming of Age, 2014
82 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

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 a nearby town, who opens Juan Pablo’s 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.

Texas Premiere

About the director

- DirectorDiego Araujo was born in Quito, Ecuador. In 1998 he got a scholarship to study a Master’s in Screenwriting at the University of Bergen, Norway, and then went to Florida to get an MFA in Film Production at Florida State University. He worked as an editor in New York while he developed the script for FERIADO. In 2012 he won the Tribeca Film Institute’s Heineken Voces award, and returned to Ecuador to film FERIADO, his debut feature.



Producer: Hanne-Lovise Skartveit, Andrés Longares, Felicitas Raffo, Juan Sebastián Jácome, Irina Caballero
Production Companies: Lunafilms Audiovisual
Screenwriter: Diego Araujo
Cinematographer: Magela Crosignani
Editor: Julián Giulianelli, Diego Araujo
Sound Design: Juan José Luzuriaga
Music: Daniele Luppi
Cast: Manuel Arregui, Andrés Paredes, Manuela Merchán, Canela Samaniego, Irwin Ortiz, Francis, Pérez Uscocovich, Pepe Alvear, Elena Vargas, Peky Andino, Cristina Morrison

Print Source: Torsten Schulze – m-appeal,