Painter and director Enrique Collar returned for his film Novena to his village of birth in Paraguay. After having previously recorded Paraguayan city life in his feature debut, Collar now follows rural culture. With long shots and meticulous lighting that refers to painting, he records a way of life that is about to disappear.
The villagers play themselves or characters they know well in this docu-fiction. The protagonist is Juan (55), played by the director’s uncle. He’s a poet who cuts up car tyres to make drinking troughs for cattle. He barters them on the market for food. The harsh life in the countryside has hardened the gaze in his eyes.
Yet some men still have something to dream about. When they sell pigs, they imagine buying an airline ticket to Argentina or a pair of football boots. Juan is meanwhile in novena, nine days of prayer, because his mother has died. Before the novena is over, he will have to break out of his passive attitude.



International title
Nine Days
Filmmaker
Enrique Collar
Country
Paraguay, Netherlands
Year
2010
Medium
HDcam
Length
96’
Language
Guarani
Producer
Enrique Collar, Andre Schreuders
Production Company
AreachikaCine, AS Film
Sales
AreachikaCine
Writer
Enrique Collar
Cinematography
Christian Núñez
Editor
Andre Schreuders
Production Design
Nelson Silva
Cast
Juan de Dios Collar
Website
https://collarenrique.com