Alsino and the Condor

Alsino and the Condor

Alsino and the Condor is a 1982 Nicaraguan film directed by Chilean filmmaker Miguel Littín. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It won the Golden Prize at the 13th Moscow International Film Festival. The film was a co-production between Nicaragua, Mexico and Cuba. The film is loosely based on the novel Alsino by Chilean writer Pedro Prado, and is set during the Nicaraguan Revolution. It starred Dean Stockwell.


Alsino, a 10 or 12-year-old boy, lives with his grandmother in a remote area of Nicaragua. Trying to be like any other child, he climbs trees with a friend, dreaming of flying, jumping several times from the top of a huge tree believing that "Amsterdam" is the magical word that will make him fly.