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Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival

The Next Guardian

Bhutan, Hungary 2017, 74’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Arun Bhatterai, Dorottya Zurbó
cinematography: Arun Bhattarai
editing: Károly Szalai H.S.E.
music: Ádám Balázs
producer: Julianna Ugrin, Arun Bhattarai
production: Éclipse Film
language: Dzongkha
colouration: colour

Film description

A regular Bhutanese family, living off the main track. The father looks after the family temple in which his ancestors has been praying for decades. He encourages his son to fulfill the rituals, but the boy is more interested in watching the pictures of his friends online. His sister, who was born with a boy’s soul, prefers playing football to cooking traditional dishes.

The directors follow the everyday life of the family, creating an unobtrusive portrait of daily activities and disputes, small episodes revealing the inevitable generational conflict. The background for this impressive story is the fast-changing modern Bhutan, with its close ties to tradition, history, and the slow pace of life, interrupted by modern technologies and new types of entertainment. The filmmakers avoid sensationalist tones, painting a subtle picture of family ties and the respect the family has for each other, despite the differences of opinion.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Arun Bhattarai

Born in Bhutan in 1985. Worked as a director in Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), making documentaries about the youth. Some of the productions appeared at international festivals, including events in India and Germany. He graduated from Documentary Film Directing Master program DocNomads, studying in Lisbon, Budapest, ans Brussels. Currently he is working in Bhutan as an independent director.


2017 Strażnik tradycji / The Next Guardian

Dorottya Zurbó

Born in 1988 in Budapest. She graduated from documentary directing in the DocNomads program, studying in Lisbon, Budapest, ans Brussels. She also graduated from film theory and history at Budapest University. Her documentary films were shown and awarded at numerous film festivals. In 2015, she took part in IDFAcademy Summer School and Sarajevo Talent Campus.

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