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CHAUPI MUNDI - THE HEART OF THE WORLD (CHAUPI MUNDI - DIE MITTE DER WELT)

CHAUPI MUNDI - THE HEART OF THE WORLD
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Elena on the run. In order to save her best friend Pancha, who's in fact a little pig, twelve-year-old Elena leaves her home in the Andean Highlands in Ecuador ... In this "road movie" for children as well as for adults, life comes to the magic world of the mountains that are both mortal and divine beings. Surprising insights into a foreign land, into the daily life of the Olavalenos, the crafts, the traditions, the modern age, but also into the world of legends and myths. CHAUPI MUNDI - THE HEART OF THE WORLD not only widens the interest for other worlds but also provokes questions at the same time about the European understanding for, and way of dealing with, our environment. A plea for respect of one's own culture and that of the "alien" culture. The heart of the world is everywhere.


Antje Starost studied Education and is a graduate of the German Film & Television Academy (dffb). Since founding Antje Starost Film Produktion in 1980, she has been active as a producer, writer and director. Her films include: MARIKA AND CATERINA (1981), SCHUHMANN (1985), WURLITZER OR INVENTING PRESENT TIME (1985), PAINTING IS LIVNG - FRITZ KÖTHE (1987), FACES (1988), DEM (1989), CHAUPI MUNDI - THE HEART OF THE WORLD (1992), THE DIPLOMAT (1995), ELENA UND PANCHA (2000), MUMMY'S BOY (2003), STÉPHANE HESSEL (2008), 7 OR WHY I EXIST (2010), and LOVE IN THE TIME OF RESISTANCE - FREYA (2016).

Hans Helmut Grotjahn studied Political Science and is active as a photographer, director of photography, screenwriter and director. His films include: MARIKA AND CATERINA (1981), SCHUHMANN (1985), WURLITZER OR INVENTING PRESENT TIME (1985), PAINTING IS LIVNG - FRITZ KÖTHE (1987), FACES (1988), DEM (1989), CHAUPI MUNDI - THE HEART OF THE WORLD (1992), THE DIPLOMAT (1995), ELENA UND PANCHA (2000), MUMMY'S BOY (2003), STÉPHANE HESSEL (2008), 7 OR WHY I EXIST (2010), and LOVE IN THE TIME OF RESISTANCE - FREYA (2016).

Year of Production 1992
Directors Antje Starost, Hans Helmut Grotjahn
Screenplay Hans Helmut Grotjahn, Antje Starost
Cinematography Antje Starost
Regina Fischer
Büdi Siebert
Cast José Flores-Dias, Janet Montalvo, Elena Montalvo-Cavascal, Carlos Tabango
Producer Antje Starost
Length 60 min
Format 16 mm, color
Dubbed Versions Spanish
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Havana 1992, Minich 1992, Gera 1993, Chicago 1994
With backing from Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Berliner Filmfoerderung

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