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AMIGOMIO

Germany/ Argentina 1995
Malena Films in co-production with Telefilm Saar (Germany) and Chelko Producciones (Argentina)

Feature film, 35 mm, 114 min
Shooting locations: Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia

Summary:
Amigomío tells of the relationship between a young father and his son. It is also about the repeated rootlessness and the quest of an Argentinian man of german-jewish origins, for the possibility of a latin-american identity. Carlos Löwenthal is almost 30 and is an unemployed academic.
In the Thirties his parents had to leave Europe into exile - now history repeats itself within him.
Their fate is that of many thousands in the world today; emigrants, who have to leave their home countries for economical or political reasons. Carlos and his wife Negra have split up recently. Just as Negra and Carlos can come together again, Negra is suddenly abducted and both father and son have to leave the country. Now, Carlos and Amigomío are getting to know each other better. They begin a strange journey to Ecuador through different Latin American countries, meet peculiar people, take dilapidated trains and busses, roam through the Andes and reach Quito where they have to start a new life. Carlos misses his country and Negra. Amigomío, not being burdened by memories, is able to adjust much better and becomes a Quito kid. He wants to be Ecuadorian but his father wants to remain Argentinian. The conflict is unavoidable.

    Director and script: Jeanine Meerapfel and Alcides Chiesa
    Cast: Daniel Kuzniecka, Diego Mesalgio, Mario  Adorf
    Photography: Victor González
    Sound: Paul Oberle / Jorge Stavropulos
    Editing: Andrea Wenzler
    Music: Osvaldo Montes
    Production: Malena Films, Telefilm Saar (D) und Chelko producciones (ARG)
 
    Producers: Martin Buchhorn, Jeanine Meerapfel, Alcides Chiesa
      Awards: William-Dieterle-Film Award 1996
Saarland-Award 1990 for the Best Script
     
      Distribution: DVD edition (a selection of films by Jeanine Meerapfel)
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      International distribution: Malena Filmproduktion: info@malenafilm.com
      Cinema distribution: Deutsche Kinemathek: filmverleih@deutsche-kinemathek.de