The Monk

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    The Monk

    Mnich

    Directed by

    Myanmar, Czech Republic

    2014

    93 min

    • Burmese

    Drama

    Forum of Independents Competition - Karlovy Vary FF

    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.

    Awards

    • Netpac Jury Prize - FI de Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kyaw Nyi Thu
    Han Newe Nyein
    Thein Swe Myint
    Screenplay
    Aung Min
    Cinematography
    Vit Janecek
    Editing
    Zaw Win Htwe
    Production
    FAMU – FILM AND TV SCHOOL OF THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
    Production
    NEGATIV
    Production
    ONE POINT ZERO

    Press

    The Maw Naing

    The Maw Naing

    Myanmar

    He graduated in Burmese Literature and IT Technologies, and attended Yangon Film School in Yangon and the filmdirecting track of the AP Program of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) taught in English. He is a poet, performance artist, painter and filmmaker. His short documentary AGAIN AND AGAIN won a special prize at the 2008 ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. This film is still being shown in Europe. His first feature length documentary NARGIS: WHEN TIME STOPPED BREATHING (2012) won four prizes from international film festivals. The Maw Naing’s works have been shown in Asia, Europe and the USA. He made several successful short films at FAMU, and THE MONK (2014) is his feature-length debut.