Archive of films Cloudy Times / El tiempo nublado

Switzerland / Paraguay
2014, 92 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2014

Gradually we descend into the scarred inner core of a director whose seriously ill mother is now unable to take care of herself in the last months of her life. The film sends a universal message about emotions that will buffet each of us at some point in our lives, whilst portraying a loving family relationship marked by the shadow of long-term separation.


Arami Ullón is returning to her native Paraguay to make a difficult decision. Mirna, her seriously ill mother, is losing the ability to take care of herself – epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease have taken control of her life. The director hesitates: should she put her mother in a retirement home or would it be better to temporarily sacrifice her plans for a family and career and take care of Mirna herself? Over the course of the film we are drawn into the creator’s scarred inner core. The relationship between mother and daughter is shaped in carefully chosen visual compositions that capture subtle gestures and facial expressions, and although the relationship brims with love and understanding, it is marked by the shadow of long separation. Family taboo, the upset endured by the daughter during the final months of her mother’s life, deeply rooted feelings of guilt from an inability to offer enough support – these are the topics of a universal message about emotions that will buffet each of us at some point in our lives.

About the director

Arami Ullón

Arami Ullón (b. 1978, Asunción, Paraguay) was born during the long and barbaric dictatorship of Brigadier General Alfredo Stroessner. In Paraguay, she directed two independent short films, Ausencia de un nombre propio (1998) and Beckon (2000), and the stage play A Bizarre Matter of Love (2000). She also wrote a book of short stories, About Abuse and Other Relatives. Ullón spent a year on a scholarship awarded by the Boston Film and Video Foundation. She has also made music videos, television shows, and commercials for Latin American and European companies. She worked on the feature films El toque del oboe (1997) and Miami Vice (2006), and produced 18 cigarrillos y medio (2011). After working for Spain’s Palma Pictures production company, she completed her first feature-length documentary, the strongly personal Cloudy Times.


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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Arami Ullón
Screenplay: Arami Ullón
Dir. of Photography: Ramòn Giger
Music: Marcel Vaid
Editor: Mirjam Krakenberger
Producer: Pascal Traechslin
Production: cineworx filmproduktion gmbh
Coproduction: Arami Ullón
Contact: cineworx filmproduktion gmbh


Arami Ullón

Film Director

Pascal Traechslin

Buyer, Producer

Patrick Oser


Laura Daniel

Film Institution Rep.

Catherine Ann Berger

Film Institution Rep.


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