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My Mother's Tears (Traenen meiner Mutter, Die)

My Mother's Tears
Scene from "My Mother's Tears" (photo © Filmworker)

Alex has just arrived in Buenos Aires to visit his dying father. There he meets his family and old friends of his father, who remind him of his childhood.

Alex and his family had to flee Argentina in the early 80s. They arrive in Berlin, finding a new home in a factory full of weird people. The factory is the only playground for Alex, where his childhood memories find their origin.

Alex has to find his place in this new country. Over time, Alex grows accustomed to this alien world. But he discovers that he has a gift. He can move things with the power of his thoughts.

In the beginning, his parents, Lizzie and Carlos, have problems settling into a foreign country. But soon, Lizzie starts to shoot documentaries. In contrast to Carlos, her yearning for Argentina is fading.

Carlos is completely unable to cope with Berlin. He feels misunderstood and unaccepted by the Germans. The yearning for Buenos Aires keeps him sitting for hours in front of his paintings, listening to Tango music and losing himself in his memories. Slowly, their relationship starts to break down. Alex tries to prevent his parent’s relationship from falling apart with the full power of his gift. But he too is confronted with problems and adventures of his own: a new class in school, Argentina beats Germany inthe World Football Championship, and – he falls in love for the first time in his life.
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Alejandro Cardenas-Amelio
Screenplay Alejandro Cardenas-Amelio, Cuini Amelio Ortiz
Cinematography Florian Schilling
Renata Salazar Ivancan
Andres Odone
Natascha Tagwerk
Cast Roman Russo, Rafael Ferro, Alice Dwyer, Erica Rivas, Fabian Busch, Joachim Paul Assboeck, Volkmar Kleinert, Kristian Erik Kiehling, Adrian Goessel
Producers Nicolas Grupe, Dirk Hamm, in co-production with Creado Film/Constance
Runtime 95 min
Format 16 mm, 35 mm, color
Language
 German/Spanish
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2008 (In Competition), Shanghai 2008, Montreal 2008, Sao Paulo 2008, Goa 2008
Awards Best Actress (Alice Dwyer) Saarbruecken 2008, Best Cinematography (Florian Schilling) Shanghai 2008
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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