CastDiego Puente, Tino Pascali, Cacho Espíndola, Victoriano Moreira, Beto Gianola, Leonardo Favio Release date5 May 1965 WriterLeonardo Favio, Jorge Zuhair Jury Similar moviesMind the Gap, Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty, Deuda, Inequality for All, Requiem for the American Dream, Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream
Chronicle of a Boy Alone (Spanish: Crónica de un niño solo), also known as Chronicle of a Lonely Child, is a 1965 Argentine film directed by Leonardo Favio. It won the Silver Condor Award for Best Film.
Polin is an eleven-year-old troublemaker in reform school for unknown reasons. After suffering from harsh treatment at the hands of the staff, Polin punching one of the supervisors in the face. He is sent to the police station where he is locked up in a cell. Polin breaks out and returns to his hometown, a rural fishing village, where he meets up with his best friend and falls back into his old routine—smoking, pickpocketing, shoplifting, skinny dipping with his friends and picking fights with the neighborhood bullies—all the while trying to avoid a run-in with the law.
Diego Puente as Polín
Tino Pascali as Official of Justice
Óscar Espíndola as Physical Training
Victoriano Moreira as Fiori
Beto Gianola as Police
Leonardo Favio as Fabián
María Vaner as The Girl
The content is about children but at the time of its release in 1965 the film was considered by many as a critique on Argentina's fascist regime. Also, the film's brutal and realistic depiction of Argentina's state-run orphanages caused a great deal of controversy.
The film contains a controversial scene containing extensive, explicit nudity involving several young Argentine boys skinny dipping.
This controversy led the Argentine Government to ban the film shortly after its release. The film remained banned for over thirty years.
In 1996, the film was released on VHS by Award Films International, and later on DVD.