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THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL

Original Title

Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel

Director

Byambasuren Davaa
Luigi Falorni

Genre

Documentary/Drama

Country of origin

Germany/Mongolia

Language spoken

Mongolian

Year of production

2003

Admissions

302,805 (Germany, as at 31st December 2004)

Box Office

$ 1,742,832 (USA, as at 3 October 2004)
£ 215,817 (UK, as at 25 July 2004)

Production

Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF)
Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)

Domestic distribution/World Sales

Prokino Filmverleih (Germany)
ThinkFilm Inc. (USA)
ARP Sélection (Taiwan)
Sunfilm Entertainment (Germany)
With Cinema (Korea)

Domestic release

8 January 2004 (Germany)

Official website

www.kamelfilm.de
www.thinkfilmcompany.com/weepingcamel

Awards

Directors Guild of America 2005 (DGA Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary)
Bavarian Film Awards 2004 (Bavarian Film Award - Best Documentary)
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2004 (Audience Award - Foreign Film, SIGNIS Award Special Mention - Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni)
Guild of German Art House Cinemas 2004 (Best Documentary)
Indianapolis International Film Festival 2004 (Audience Award - Outstanding Feature Film)
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2004 (Audience Award - Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni)
San Francisco International Film Festival 2004 (FIPRESCI Prize - Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni)

 

List of Distributors

Release date

Country

Distributor

12 February 2004

Switzerland (German speaking region)

 

2 April 2004

Norway

 

7 May 2004

Austria

 

4 June 2004

USA (New York City)

 

9 July 2004

UK

 

19 August 2004

Netherlands

 

28 August 2004

Japan (Tokyo)

The Klock Worx Company

30 September 2004

Australia

 

6 October 2004

France

ARP Sélection

8 October 2004

Greece

Filmtrade

14 October2004

Singapore

Golden Village

14 October 2004

Thailand

 

27 October 2004

Belgium

 

29 October 2004

Sweden

 

9 December 2004

Israel

 

10 December 2004

Spain

 

7 January 2005

Denmark

 

7 January 2005

Finland

 

7 February 2005

Czech Republic

Asociace Ceskıch Filmovıch Klubu (ACFK)

 

SYNOPSIS

Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her 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, to a a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt's life.