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The Monk

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The Monk (Mnich)

Directed by The Maw Naing

  • Myanmar, Czech Republic 2014; 93 min
  • Original version: Burmese
  • Genre: Drama
    • Netpac Jury Prize - FI de Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul

  • Forum of Independents Competition - 
    Karlovy Vary FF


  • From the director of THE THREE WOMEN FROM MYANMAR presented at Asian Project Market

Synopsis

Zawana is confronted with several paths that open out defiantly before him, and he has to choose which one to take as the next step on his life’s journey. The youth enters a small village monastery somewhere in Burma, led by its superior U Dahma. Zawana and the other novices are, as befits their age, playful and disobedient, and they find it hard to abide by the laws of the monastic robe. However, when U Dahma, who hasn’t been running the monastery with a particularly firm hand, falls ill, the young man realises that perhaps it’s time to step out resolutely onto one of the paths and surrender to the school of life – and not only because his superior’s death could mean the closure of the monastery. This fragile film draws the viewer into a remarkable environment, intelligibly portraying a vulnerable and crucial period in the protagonists’ lives without superfluous dialogue. The story moves away from aspects of meditation and even spirituality, focusing more on universal values and desires, whose fulfilment itself presents a difficult challenge.

Production

  • FAMU – FILM AND TV SCHOOL OF THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS

     

  • NEGATIV

    Zuzana Bielikova 

  • ONE POINT ZERO

    The Maw Naing