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Soongava: Dance of the Orchids

Soongava
dir. Subarna Thapa
Nepal, France 2012, 85’
Polish premiere
Awards and festivals
Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival – nagroda specjalna Jury / Special Jury Award; nepalski kandydat do nagród Amerykańskiej Akademii / Nepali entry to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards
Credits
Nepal, France 2012
Duration: 85’
director: Subarna Thapa
screenplay: Subarna Thapa
cinematography: Sara Cornu
editing: Sylvie Gadmer
music: Sylvain Morizet
cast: Deeya Maskey, Nisha Adhikari, Saugat Malla, Bashundara Bhushal, Nirmal Nisar, Rajendra Man Shakya, Laxmi Giri
producer: Virginie Lacombe, Raphaël Berdugo, Subarna Thapa
language: Nepali, English
colouration: colour

Film description

A poetic story of love between two women in an urban scenery of Katmandu. In the affluent home of Kiran, Nepalese is spoken just as often as English. Diya, a dancer, comes from a more conservative family, which arranges her marriage. Although Nepal has one of the most liberal legislative systems when it comes to LGBTI persons in Asia, the social reality has its separate rights. The protagonists, fighting for their relationship, must confront the ostracism of the society and the lack of understanding from their closest relatives – in the modern capital, tradition turns out to be far stronger than it may seem.

 

Jagoda Murczyńska

Subarna Thapa

Born 1973. Actor, director, worked in Nepal and Japan, now lives in France. "Soongava: Dance of the Orchids" is his full-length feature debut, and the first film about homosexuality in the 60-year long history of Nepalese cinematography.

 

Filmography:

2008 Malaamee / Funeral (kr.m.)
2012 Taniec orchidei /
Soongava / Soongava: Dance of the Orchids
2014 Chhora / Fils (kr.m.)

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