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THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL

by Luigi Falorni

synopsis

A family of herders in Mongolia's Gobi desert face a crisis when a mother camel rejects her newborn calf after a particularly difficult birth. Without it's mother's milk, the little camel will not survive. So, in accordance with an ancient ritual, a musician is summoned from a far-off village to perform a ceremony that is meant to coax the mother into nursing her baby. Apart from reuniting parent with child, legend has it that the ritual has the miraculous side effect of causing the mother to weep.

international title: The Story of the Weeping Camel
original title: Die Gesischte von der weinenden Kamel
country: Germany, Mongolia
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Luigi Falorni
film run: 87'
screenplay: Luigi Falorni, Byambasuren Davaa
cast: Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar, Guntbaatar Ikhbayar, Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam, Ikhbayar Amgaabazar, Odgerel Ayusch
cinematography by: Luigi Falorni
film editing: Anja Pohl
art director: Mendbayar Pol
costumes designer: Unorjargal Amgaabazar
music: Marcel Leniz, Marc Riedinger, Choigiw Sangidorj
producer: Tobias Siebert
production: Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF), BR Bayerischer Rundfunk
distributor: Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh, ARP Selection (FR), Asociace Ceských Filmových Klubu (CZ), Filmtrade (GR)

main awards/selection

Karlovy Vary 2004 Audience Prize
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