Short Films from Bhutan
About the event
Short features are an important space for artistic expression in Bhutanese cinema, allowing to explore film form and less popular topics. Poetic, elusive, often half-documentary productions provide an opportunity for spiritual contemplation, observing the every-day, and pondering over the mysteries hidden in the tales of old.
IN THE REALM OF THE GODS
dir. Pema Tshering, Bhutan 2011, 20'
A young man works as a ritual dancer, which impresses his baby daughter, but it is not enough to support his family. A semi-documentary story about the irony of fate, set in the contemporary Thimphu – a tale of a man who dances like a god, but lives like a beggar.
dir. Loday Chopel, Bhutan 2014, 10'
A ninety-something year old man lives alone, far from other households, cultivating his daily routines and taking care of the house by himself. A short documentary about persistence and the irrepressible will of life.
THE RED DOOR
dir. Tashi Gyeltshen, Bhutan 2014, 15'
A lonely man wakes up when he hears water dripping from the ceiling. He embarks on a journey carrying a red door, whose weight almost bends him to the ground. A symbolic tale completed with an original metaphor.
MONK IN THE FOREST
dir. Karma Wangchuk, Bhutan 2015, 11'
A painterly impression showing an episode from the journey of a monk who faces his fears alone in the dark forest. An intriguing, dialogueless picture of inner dilemmas.
3 YEARS, 3 MONTHS RETREAT
dir. Dechen Roder, Bhutan 2015, 20'
"Lo-Sum-Choe-Sum" is a Buddhist practice of seclusion lasting for three years and three months, taken up by male and female monks, as well as the most persistent believers. It is a time for mindfulness and consciousness exercises, leading to clarity of the spirit. For Lhamo, a young, unlucky girl, the road to the peace of mind is an especially rocky one.