Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Story of the Weeping Camel and Historias Minimas

Monday 28 Jan, 8pm
The Story of the Weeping Camel
Byambasuren Davaa & Luigi Falorni; Mongolia-Germany, 2003, 87 min

In the Gobi Desert in South Mongolia, a family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One camel has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, eventually delivers a rare white calf. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, in search of a musician and a miracle...

"One of the most enchanting and thought-provoking documentaries of all time." Daily Mail.

"Magical and touching...a genuine miracle." The Times.

Monday 4 Feb, 8pm
Historias Minimas
Carlos Sorin; Argentina, 2002, 01 min

A charming and affecting tale charting the fortunes of three small town heroes pursuing their dreams, Sorin's film offfers further evidence of the richness of modern Argentinian cinema. It's a deceptively simple, yet delightful road movie about three disparate characters heading for the city of San Julian amid the beautiful landscapes of Patagonia. Gently probing the hopes and aspirations of his characters, Sorin uses the interconnected, tripartite structure to offer astute observations both on a culture relatively unscathed by modernity and on contemporary Argentina itself.

"Touching, witty, warm and wry. Beautifully performed by a cast low on experience but high on talent." Total Film

Special Prize of the Jury, San Sebastian Int Film Festival

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