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Times of the Flamingos (Sin Querer - Zeit der Flamingos)

Times of the Flamingos

It is summer in the remote village of San Lorenzo. A young engineer from the city arrives the same time migrating flamingos reach what seems like the end of the world. The overland transport of a steam ship awakens dreams, desires and hopes in the people of San Lorenzo. Progress and prosperity are just within reach. But the engineer's presence upsets the ridgid sense of order in the village and after he leaves, things only appear to have remained the same.


Ciro Cappellari was born in Buenos Aires in 1959 where he trained to be a photographer and made his first short films. In 1985, he came to Berlin to study at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) and has worked as a screenwriter, director and cameraman since 1990. He was DoP on films by Marcel Gisler, Didi and Pepe Danquart, including the Oscar®-winning BLACK RIDER (SCHWARZFAHRER, 1993). He has directed AMOR AMERICA (documentary, 1989), HIJO DEL RIO (1991), SIN QUERER (1997), IN BERLIN (2009, together with Michael Ballhaus), and FRANCESO AND THE POPE (2011).
Category Feature
Director Ciro Cappellari
Screenplay Ciro Cappellari, Graciela Maglie, Osvaldo Bayer
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Tania Stoecklin
Gustavo Beytelmann
Cast Angela Molina, Patricio Contreras, Daniel Kuzniecka, Norman Briski, China Zorilla, Luisa Calcumil
Producer Albert Kitzler
Production Company Trans-Film, Berlin, in co-production with Boje Buck Produktion/Berlin, SRF/Zurich, VIDEAL/Hamburg, Ciné Manufacture, Lausanne, C.P.A./Madrid
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 Spanish
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Awards Sundance/NHK Award 1996
With backing from German Federal Film Board, EDI Bundesamt fuer Kultur Bern, Eurimages, Cinema 100/Sundance International Award, INCAA, European Script Fund

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