Cloudy Times
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    Cloudy Times

    El Tiempo Nublado

    Directed by

    Paraguay, Switzerland


    92 min

    • Spanish
    • German


    Paraguayan submission for the Academy Awards

    Arami Ullón must return to Paraguay to make an important decision: what will happen to her sick mother, Mirna? The heartfelt gaze of the camera reveals a relationship filled with love, but also unspoken and unresolved issues. A sensitive film which examines the inner turmoil of the daughter during the final stages of her mother’s degenerative illness.


    • Best First Feature (Regard Neuf), Special Mention (Cinéma Suisse) - Visions du Réel IFF



    Mirna Villalba
    Arami Ullón
    Luis Ullón
    Julia González
    Patrick Oser
    Osvaldo Ortíz Faiman
    Arami Ullón
    Ramòn Giger
    Mirjam Krakenberger
    Marcel Vaid

    Director's Statement

    This documentary will expose to society and through my character (me in real life) I will attempt to challenge the viewer to question or even rethink the relationship between adult children and elderly parents. The time coincides between the need to place my mother in a nursing home and the historical and social time Paraguay is currently living. This setting makes the ideal time for this documentary to be done, the reality of hundreds of Paraguayans told through a personal story.

    Arami Ullón

    Arami Ullón

    Paraguay, Switzerland

    My work doesn’t attempt to be spectacular. Instead, it explores depths in the protagonists and their circumstances: through fine details I look for honesty in emotions, allowing social and political aspects to emerge in the background.

    Arami Ullón was born in 1978 in Asunción, Paraguay. She produced 18 AND A HALF CIGARETTES (2011), and directed the short film ABSENCE OF AN OWN NAME (1999), which was censored in her country. Her feature documentary debut CLOUDY TIMES (2014) was awarded the Regard Neuf for Best First Film at Visions du Réel (2014) and was the first Paraguayan entry to the Oscars (2016). Her second feature documentary NOTHING BUT THE SUN ( 2020), was the opening film of IDFA 2020. Ullón directs, writes, and produces, working between Switzerland and Paraguay.

    Selected Filmography