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14 Ratings

Alsino and the Condor

Alsino y el cóndor

Directed by Miguel Littin
Nicaragua, Cuba, 1982
Drama, War


Alsino y el Condor, made at the time of the Sandinista overthrow of the Somoza regime in Nicaragua, is an allegory of the Nicaraguan people rising up to meet their oppressor. The film is a Mexican-Cuban-Nicaraguan co-production, yet despite this, it has the distinctive Littin touch.

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Alsino and the Condor Directed by Miguel Littin

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1983 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Moscow International Film Festival

1983 | Winner: Golden Prize

What are people saying?

  • Sunrise's rating of the film Alsino and the Condor

    Despite limited expressionism governed by low budget, Littin vocalizes a poetic coming-of-political-age tale. Self-proclaimed “free man” sells caged birds, Alsino sees corrupted capitalist fantasy. No wings for the people, only delusional submission to incompatible foreign ideals. While the imagery is certainly poetically evocative, the narrative could benefit from stronger, and more constantly present struggle.

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