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Genre: drama
Programme
Synopsis

Three steps forward, three claps with pine hand-clogs, then the body prostrate, wrapped in animal skin, down on the road to Lhasa… A pilgrim’s path to the Holy City might take a year, but that time is long enough for loss to age, for sundered objects to reattach, and for new ideas of family to form. With its stunning landscapes and emotion-rich performances, Sonthar Gyal’s newest film traces a broken family’s pilgrimage, and a wayward donkey’s too, with each seeking some kind of good. Probing sickness, mortality, and retribution for jealousy in a subdued, but still wrenching drama, the film takes its title from a Tibetan song, and suggests Sonthar Gyal as one of the clearest, most formidable voices in today’s Tibetan cinema.

Director
Sonthar Gyal
Filmography
  • Dbus lam gyi nyi ma (The Sun Beaten Path, 2011)
  • Gtsangbo (River, 2015)
  • Ala Jiangse (2018)
Sun, 18.11.2018
7:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
031507
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 031507
Thu, 29.11.2018
9:15 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
140402
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 140402
Fri, 30.11.2018
7:15 pm
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 5
151307
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 151307
Sun, 02.12.2018
3:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
171506
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 171506
Film info
Country: China
Year: 2018
Duration: 115 minutes
Language: Tibetan
Director: Sonthar Gyal
Producers: Du Qingchun, Sonthar Gyal, Liang Zonghao
Writers: Tashi Dawa, Sonthar Gyal
DOP: Wang Weihua
Montage: Tsering Wangshug, Sangdak Jyab
Composer: Yang Yong
Cast: Yungdrung Gyal, Nyima Sungsung, Sechok Gyal, Jinpa, Guru Tsetan, Zhang Wenqing
Production: Sonthar Gyal
Festivals: Shanghai (Grand Jury Prize - Best Screenplay), Vancouver
Supported by the China Onscreen Biennial:
Synopsis

Three steps forward, three claps with pine hand-clogs, then the body prostrate, wrapped in animal skin, down on the road to Lhasa… A pilgrim’s path to the Holy City might take a year, but that time is long enough for loss to age, for sundered objects to reattach, and for new ideas of family to form. With its stunning landscapes and emotion-rich performances, Sonthar Gyal’s newest film traces a broken family’s pilgrimage, and a wayward donkey’s too, with each seeking some kind of good. Probing sickness, mortality, and retribution for jealousy in a subdued, but still wrenching drama, the film takes its title from a Tibetan song, and suggests Sonthar Gyal as one of the clearest, most formidable voices in today’s Tibetan cinema.

Director
Sonthar Gyal
Filmography
  • Dbus lam gyi nyi ma (The Sun Beaten Path, 2011)
  • Gtsangbo (River, 2015)
  • Ala Jiangse (2018)