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Jinpa, dir. Pema Tseden

Built from beautiful frames, saturated with soothing melancholy, the film is a mystical meditation on human fate, life and death.


original title: Zhuang si le yi zhi yang
dir. Pema Tseden
China 2018, 87’

In Polish theatres and online
from 24th September 2021
watch online on Five Flavours Home VOD

Pema Tseden's Tibetan Trilogy

The theatrical premiere of "Jinpa" is an opportunity to get to know the director's other works. Pema Tseden's Tibetan Trilogy, a program comprised of the director's three most recent films, will be available on Five Flavours VOD from September 24 till October 25.

Apart from "Jinpa," the program includes "Tharlo," a lyrical, black-and-white comedy drama about a shepherd from a mountain hermitage who comes to the city and meets a woman who changes his life. We will also see "Balloon," a fascinating portrait of a regular family whose peaceful existence is overshadowed by the Chinese demographic policy. 

More about Pema Tseden's Tibetan Trilogy
Film description

It is improbable to meet anybody on the colourless Tibetan plateau Kekexili, the largest and highest situated in the world. So this day is unusual for Jinpa, a solitary driver who conquers the harsh landscape in his truck filled with sounds of “O sole mio” played from a worn-out cassette tape. An eternal hippie in sunglasses always covering his eyes first accidentally kills a sheep and then offers a ride to a lonely wandering traveller. The reticent passenger's name is also Jinpa and before he gets off at the road fork, he reveals that he set off on his journey to kill a man. The driver cannot forget this declaration and decides to follow his mysterious namesake.

Produced by Wong Kar Wai, the film is yet another original triumph for the Tibetan Pema Tseden, whose "Tharlo" won a number of awards at world festivals (including the NETPAC award at the 10th Five Flavours). Built from picturesque frames composed poetically by Lu Songye, "Jinpa" is a mystical meditation on human fate, life and death, infused with soothing melancholy and gentle humour. The film, which features elements of road movie and western, won Best Screenplay award in the Orrizzonti section of Venice Film Festival, where it had its premiere.

Pema Tseden

A Tibetan director, writer and screenwriter, born in 1969. The first Tibetan who completed education in the prestigious Beijing Film Academy. His feature debut, "The Silent Holy Stones", was the first film shot in the Tibetan language, with an all-Tibetan film crew. His films were presented and awarded at numerous international festivals, including Bangkok, Taipei, Locarno, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Venice. He published more than 50 narratives and novels, written both in Tibetan and Mandarin, which were translated into a number of other languages.


2005 Lhing vjags kyi ma ni rdo vbum / The Silent Holy Stone

2009 Poszukiwana / Xunzhao zhimei gengdeng / The Search

2009 Flames Wafting in 1983

2010 Khyi rgan / Old Dog

2014 Yangdar / The Sacred Arrow

2015 Tharlo

2018 Jinpa / Zhuang si le yi zhi yang / Jinpa

2019 Balon / Qi qiu / Balloon


Shanghai Blossoms Lane Pictures Ltd., Shanhai Tang Dynasty Communications Co., Ltd., Qinghai Mani Stone Pictures Co., Ltd. and Master China Films Ltd. (Beijing) present a Jet Tone Films Ltd. (Xiangshan) and Qinghai Mani Stone Pictures Co., Ltd. production a Pema Tseden film "Jinpa".

China 2018, 87 min

original title: Zhuan si le yi zhi yang

language: tibetan

cast: Jinpa, Genden Phuntstok, Sonam Wangmo

executive producers: Chan Ye Cheng, Zhao Xiaowen

producers: Wong Kar Wai, Jacky Pang

co-producer: Tu Yizhong

director of photography: Lu Songye

art director: Tenzin Nyima

music: Lim Giong, Point

supervising sound editors: Tu Duu-Chih, Wu Shu-Yao

editors: Jin Di, Chakdor Kyab

editing consultant: William Chang

written and directed by: Pema Tseden

2019 Jet Tone Contents Inc

distribution in Poland: Pięć Smaków Kino Azji

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