Nothing but the Sun

Apenas el sol

DIRECTED BY: Arami Ullón COUNTRY: Switzerland, Paraguay YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Ayoreo, Spanish SUBTITLES: English RUNNING TIME: 74 min

SECTION: International Forum



Facing the consequences of a violent uprooting, Mateo Sobode Chiqueno has been recording stories, songs, and testimonies of his Ayoreo people since the sixties. In an attempt to preserve fragments of a disappearing culture, Mateo walks across communities in the arid and desolate Paraguayan Chaco region, and registers on cassettes the experiences of other Ayoreo who, like him, were born in the vast forest, free and nomadic, without any contact with white civilization, until religious missionaries forced them to abandon their ancestral territory, their means of subsistence, their beliefs, and their home. After the moving film CLOUDY TIMES, director Arami Ullón returns with a humanistic and poetic documentary that opened the prestigious International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2020.

Arami Ullón was born in 1978 in Asunción, Paraguay. Her feature documentary debut EL TIEMPO NUBLADO was awarded the Regard Neuf for Best First Film at Visions du Réel (2014) and was the first Paraguayan entry to the Oscars (2016). Her second documentary APANAS EL SOL was the Opening Film at IDFA (2020). The film is an exploration of the meaning of identity and sense of belonging through the brutal uprooting experience of the Ayoreo people of the Paraguayan Chaco. The film has been selected to participate in the Best Feature Film competition has been the opening film for the 2020 IDFA edition. Ullón produces, writes and directs, between Switzerland and Paraguay.

Ausencia de un nombre propio (1998), 18 and a Half Cigarettes (2011), Cloudy Times (2014), Nothing but the Sun (2020)

SCRIPT: Arami Ullón PRODUCER: Pascal Trächslin CINEMATOGRAPHY: Gabriel Lobos EDITOR: Valeria Racioppi, Rebecca Troesch SCORE: Canciones Tradicionales del pueblo Ayoreo


PRODUCTION COMPANY: Arami Ullón Cine, Cineworx Filmproduktion WORLD SALES: Film Republic (