Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival
Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait
Awards and festivals
Every 12 years, a group of anonymous people meets in the mountain wilderness to spend two weeks meditating and discovering their limits, and to take part in a religious cleansing ritual. Even though their temporary camp has a set of strict rules, some of the participants also delve into the darkest corners of the mind.
A visually stunning, avant-garde drama, combining the traditions of a Shakespearean tragedy with Buddhist tales of death and desire. When transferred into a space governed by its own rules, the simple, everyday events become metaphors. Yet, the director does not formulate any clear answers, leaving the audiences lots of space for interpretation.
Khyentse Norbu, a director fulfilling important spiritual roles in the Buddhist community, does not use the film didactically as a means to convey the traditional teachings. Instead, he points to different paths and tropes, often in a fairly unexpected manner. The director consciously uses film form to create an unsettling, hypnotic story about human passions.
Born in 1961, lama (Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche), director and screenwriter. At the age of seven recognized as the third incarnation of the founder of the Khyentse line of Tibetan Buddhism, educated in Indian monasteries. He directing and political sciences in the US and at SOAS in London. In 1993, he was a consultant for Bertolucci’s "Little Buddha." In 1999, he directed his first production in India, a story of young Tibetan monks fascinated by football. His films, made in India and Bhutan, achieved quite a success at international festivals.
1999 Puchar Himalajów / Phörpa / The Cup
2003 Podróżnicy i magowie / Chang Hup Thengi Thruel Nang / Travellers and Magicians
2013 Vara: A Blessing
2016 Hema Hema / Hema Hema / Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait