Butter Lamp
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    Butter Lamp

    La Lampe au beurre de yak

    Directed by

    France, China

    2013

    15 min

    • Tibetan

    Drama

    A young itinerant photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to photograph them in front of various background.

    Awards

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    • Special Jury Mention - Bucharest International Experimental FF
    • The Gold Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short - Chicago FF
    • Firebird Award (Short Film Competition) - Hong Kong IFF
    • Audience Award (European Short Films) - Angers FF
    • Best Documentary Short - Raindance FF, London
    • Grand Prix (National Competition) - Clermont-Ferrand IFF
    • Grand Jury Award (Live Action Short) - AFI Fest
    • Best Animated/Experimental Short Film - Los Angeles FF
    • Best International Short Film Award - Pula FF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Genden Punstock
    Screenplay
    Hu Wei
    Cinematography
    Jean Legrand
    Stéphane Degnieau
    Editing
    Hu Wei
    Production
    AMA PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
    L'AGENCE DU COURT METRAGE
    Hu Wei

    Hu Wei

    China

    Born in China in 1983, HU Wei graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2011 and from Le Fresnoy, National Studio of Contemporary Arts in 2013. HU Wei’s artwork has been exhibited in and collected by many art centres and museums. After two short films, HU Wei directed BUTTER LAMP, selected at La Semaine de la Critique in 2013, which shows an itinerant photographer taking staged portraits of Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds, expressing their habits, lives and aspirations. Hu Wei chose to stage a popular practice in China to produce a very original piece of work that is part-fiction, part documentary. The film was selected in numerous film festivals and nominated at the 87th Academy Awards. HU Wei was a fellow at the French Academy in Rome at the Villa Medici in 2014-2015.

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