The old dog in question is a scruffy “nomad mastiff” that Gonpo’s family has had for years. But as many dogs in their village have been stolen recently, Gonpo (Drolma Kyab) decides to sell his in the town. When his father finds out and tries to get the dog back, it sets off a chain of tragicomic events which build to a heartbreaking final twist. Another starkly beautiful sketch of contemporary Tibetan life and its complex contradictions by Pema Tseden.
- Golden Digital Award, Hong Kong IFF
- Grand Prize, TOKYO FILMeX
- Drolma Kyab
- Tamdrin Tso
- Pema Tsedan
- Sonthar Gyal
I wish my camera could capture the spirit of the people of my homeland as they hold on to their dignity.
- HIMALAYA AUDIO & VISUAL CULTURE COMMUNICATION
Successfully blending realism with spiritual symbolism, Tseden has created an elegant portrait of a heavily repressed area in a constant state of transition.
Films are a medium of the new modern culture. But this is a new form of art in Tibet. I want to create a new system of culture.
Pema Tseden (Wan Ma Cai Dan), born in 1969 in Amdo, graduated from the Northwest University for Nationalities, Beijing Film Academy and Lu Xun College respectively. Chairman of the Directors Association of China, he is also a member of the Filmmakers and Literary Societies of China. Since 1991, he has published more than forty novels and short fiction in both Tibetan and Chinese. THARLO (2015), premiered at the Venice IFF, Orizzonti Competition. His latest film BALLOON (2019) had its world premiere in the Orizzonti section of the 76th Venice International Film Festival.