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Oscars: Paraguay Selects ‘Cloudy Times’ as its Academy Award Entry (EXCLUSIVE)

LONDON — Arami Ullon’s “El Tiempo Nublado” (Cloudy Times) has been selected as Paraguay’s official entry in the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards. It is the first time the country has submitted a film.

The documentary portrays the filmmaker’s relationship with her ageing mother, who suffers from epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. It premiered at Switzerland’s Visions du Reel, where it won the Regard Neuf award, followed by selections at Karlovy Vary Film Festival and Locarno Film Festival. Other awards include Le Prix Signis and Le Prix Lyceen du Documentaire at Cinelatino, as well as the Basler Filmpreis.

The Oscar selection committee of the Paraguay Film Academy, which was made of up of 28 Paraguayan filmmakers and producers, said in a statement: “‘El Tiempo Nublado’ by Arami Ullon was selected by a wide margin in a year where almost simultaneously four titles were released. We are celebrating a historical moment for Paraguayan cinema.”

Ullon said: “This is a historic event for the recently emerging Paraguayan film industry. It shows that there is a cohesion in the sector, and a move towards a more organized and pluralistic approach. This is an important achievement in a country that urgently needs transparent and inclusive processes.”

The film, whose producers are Pascal Traechslin and Ullon, is a co-production between Paraguay and Switzerland’s Cineworx Filmproduktion. International sales are being handled by Xavier Henry-Rashid’s Film Republic.

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