// Presented as part of Filmatique's New South American Cinema Series //
Spotlight on El Tiempo Nublado (Cloudy Times)
Arami Ullón / Paraguay, 2014 / Visions du Reel, Locarno, Karlovy Vary / 92'
Arami is a Paraguayan filmmaker living in Switzerland with her partner Patrick. For as long as she can remember, her mother has been afflicted with Parkinson's; recently, however, her situation has deteriorated and her nurse Julia can no longer care for her. Arami thus returns home to confront a situation most everyone will experience: what to do with our parents when they are sick and old.
A delicate and powerful meditation on the bond between a mother and a daughter, and the power of catharsis in art, El Tiempo Nublado (Cloudy Times) premiered at Locarno, Karlovy Vary and Visions du Réel, where it won a Special Mention. Arami Ullón's debut feature was the first Paraguayan film ever to be submitted for the Foreign Language Academy Award.
"A supremely personal film set in part in a distant land, El tiempo nublado still turns on an issue which will be instantly— and movingly familiar— to film viewers around the world... a very relevant and modern social dilemma that much of the modern world is facing, that of an ageing population"
- John Hopewell, Film Review, Variety