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The Story of the Weeping Camel -- When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

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8 January 2004 (Germany) See more »
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Some fairy tales are true... some legends are real. See more »
Plot:
When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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(12 articles)
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A beautiful film out of time and step with a lesser world outside. See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Janchiv Ayurzana ... Janchiv
Chimed Ohin ... Chimed
Amgaabazar Gonson ... Amgaa
Zeveljamz Nyam ... Zevel
Ikhbayar Amgaabazar ... Ikchee
Odgerel Ayusch ... Odgoo
Enkhbulgan Ikhbayar ... Dude
Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar ... Ugna
Guntbaatar Ikhbayar ... Guntee
Munkhbayar Lhagvaa ... Munkbayar, violin teacher
Ariunjargal Adiya ... Teacher's Assistant
Dogo Roljav ... Relative Aimak I
Chuluunzezeg Gur ... Relative Aimak II
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Botok ... Baby Camel
Ingen Tenne ... Mother Camel
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Directed by
Byambasuren Davaa 
Luigi Falorni 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Byambasuren Davaa  writer
Batbayar Davgadorj  writer
Luigi Falorni  writer

Produced by
Claudia Gladziejewski .... co-producer
Natalie Lambsdorff .... co-executive producer: HFF
Tobias Siebert .... producer
Evi Stangassinger .... co-executive producer: HFF
Benigna von Keyserlingk .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Marcel Leniz 
Marc Riedinger 
Choigiw Sangidorj 
 
Cinematography by
Luigi Falorni 
Juliane Gregor 
 
Film Editing by
Anja Pohl 
 
Set Decoration by
Mendbayar Pol 
 
Costume Design by
Unorjargal Amgaabazar 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jiska Rickels .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hans-Dieter Desinger .... sound mixer
Ansgar Frerich .... sound designer
Ansgar Frerich .... sound
Tatjana Jakob .... sound designer
Marc Meusinger .... sound recordist
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Juliane Gregor .... still photographer
Sebastian Grundt .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Bertl Grabmayr .... telecine grader
 
Transportation Department
Bayarsaihan Hasan .... driver
Scharav Sumiya .... driver
 
Other crew
Daschdamba Damba .... camp manager
Batbayar Davgadorj .... location manager
Beatrix Wesle .... world sales
 
Thanks
Barbara Capecchi .... thanks
Giovanna Ciampi .... thanks
Zolbayar Dorj .... thanks
Natasha Falorni .... thanks
Piero Falorni .... thanks
Hendrik Feil .... thanks
Jana Prinz .... thanks
Helmut Vielweber .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some mild thematic content
Runtime:
87 min (25 fps) | 90 min (24 fps) | Hong Kong:93 min (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Finland:S | Finland:K-3 | Norway:A | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:8 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:U | USA:PG | West Germany:o.Al.

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Quotes:
[first lines]
Janchiv:Now my children I'll tell you the story of the weeping camel. Many years ago, God gave antlers to the camel as a reward for the goodness of its heart. But one day a rogue deer came and asked the camel to lend him his antlers. He wanted to adorn himself with them for a celebration in the west. The camel trusted the deer and gave him his antlers, but the deer never brought them back. Since then the camels keep gazing at the horizon and still await the deer's return.
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43 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful film out of time and step with a lesser world outside., 6 July 2004
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

In the Gobi desert, where a nomadic tribe tends its camels like Jay Leno his automobiles, a mother rejects a white calf just delivered with difficulty. The society's initiative to bring mother to nurse the child is the center of an otherwise simple plot. The astounding cinematography (Yes, the desert is stunning even after 90 minutes) and the scrubbed-face happiness of the family are the real stars of this half documentary, half reenactment of a crisis every bit as important to this family as a birth is to a tightly-knit family anywhere in the rest of the world.

And yet a theme appears as I reflect on the happiness of this attractive clan: the emergence of modernism even in Mongolia. In two young men's 50-kilometer journey to find help for the camel, they discover television and computer games. The younger boy, fascinated by the technology, asks his father to purchase a TV. The grandfather gently offers his concern that the boy would be watching fleeting glass images-the case is closed, a powerful reminder of the benign presence of grandparents in this culture, the wisdom of elders, and the fresh-aired innocence of the clan, which will not give itself up easily to modern distractions. Besides, it is abundantly clear they don't need passive entertainment.

The ceremony to reconcile the mother and calf includes primitive music by a teacher and impressive solo singing by a young woman. No one could possibly turn to TV while watching this transcendent act. `Whale Rider's' heightened sense of the magical in the mundane and the unbelievable bond of young and old is the only other recent film I can think of to approach this film's simple power.

`The Story of the Weeping Camel' is as slow as the culture it shows, so be cautious about bringing restless city children. The story lingers on the actual birth of the white calf, possibly disconcerting to the younger, inexperienced members of the audience. Then why do the film's characters get such joy out of the minor warnings I just gave? It is their life, as blessed and happy as any you will see on film or anywhere else on earth.

The camel's soulful cry in the vast desert will stay with you. As Lafcadio Hearn said, `If you ever become a father, I think the strangest and strongest sensation of your life will be hearing for the first time the thin cry of your own child.' And that goes for the mother's cry as well.

A beautiful film out of time and step with a lesser world outside.

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