Pawo Choyning Dorji / Bhutan / 109 mins / Cert: PG
We are delighted to present this film in partnership with Jersey Film Society
Beautifully photographed in extraordinary mountain locations, this poetic and enchanting drama earned Bhutan’s first ever Oscar nomination and gives a fascinating insight into a region largely uncharted on screen.
When Ugyen, a day-dreaming but discontented young teacher, is posted to a school in the remote village of Lunana, dizzyingly high up in the Himalayan glaciers, he is disheartened to find a simple yak herding community lacking basic amenities such as electricity or even a blackboard. But the enthusiasm of his young students and the unassuming warmth of the village folk buoy Ugyen’s spirits and he must decide whether to return to the city before the gruelling winter sets in or remain in this strange and captivating land.
“This is a warm and involving exploration of the clash between community and individualism, pitting an ancient culture against modern aspirations. And with its terrific cast of characters, the movie feels like it’s a gift to the world.” – Shadows on the Wall
“The gorgeous views of the Himalayan mountains only add to the appeal of a film that, while hitting familiar plot beats, is an irresistible delight from start to finish” – Radio Times