Oscars: Paraguay Selects 'El Tiempo Nublado' for Foreign-Language Category

El tiempo nublado Still - H 2015
Courtesy of Cineworx

Arami Ullon’s documentary is the first Oscar submission of the country's new-born Film Academy.

Arami Ullon’s documentary El tiempo nublado will be Paraguay’s first ever submission for the foreign-language film category at the Academy Awards.

The recently-created Paraguay Film Academy also announced on Thursday that the film – a first-person doc about the filmmaker’s relationship with her mother, an elderly woman who suffers from Parkinson’s disease – will also be the country’s bid to the Goya awards in Spain.

“We’re overwhelmed and celebrating that El tiempo nublado has been selected for the Paraguay Film Academy, but we celebrate even more that Paraguay has now a representative for the Goya awards and –for the first time– the Oscars,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

“We owe this to the work of many people who places their time, effort, and work to accomplish this. And, especially, we made it here because of the work of the Paraguay Film Academy’s members. They have made this voting and selection process possible. It’s a historic event for this country,” she added.

The Paraguayan Academy came to be only two years ago, after the success of Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori's 2012 7 Boxes, which became the country's most popular film ever. Despite the film's successful festival run, it couldn't be submitted for the Oscars' foreign-language category due to the absence of an official local film academy, now headed by Schémbori herself since March 2015.

Produced by Ullon and Pascal Trächslin, El tiempo nublado premiered at Visions du Reel in Switzerland and was selected for Locarno and Karlovy Vary, among other festivals. The doc is a co-production between Paraguay and Switzerland’s Cineworx Filmproduktion, while world sales are handled by London-based Film Republic.

According to the Paraguayan academy, the short list for the Oscar submission there were four other candidates for the ticket: Luna de Cigarras, Costa Dulce, Mangoré and Latas Vacias

“We congratulate the crew of El tiempo nublado and the directors and producers of the films mentioned above, and we celebrate along with them the joy of having a Paraguayan cinema that grows and strengthens,” said the Academy in a statement.