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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Phörpa

Fortnight 1999, Feature film, 1h33

Synopsis

Inspired by true events, our story follows two young Tibetan boys, Palden and Nyima, assimilating into the life of a Tibetan monastery-in-exile, nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas. Having been secretly sent by their family to receive a traditional Tibetan Buddhist education, unfettered by Chinese intrusion, they arrive to receive their ordination and orientation into monastic life. Once ordination formalities are completed, the boys are thrown into a whirlwind of unexpected events not usually associated with the austere atmosphere of a traditional Tibetan monastery – the Soccer World Cup is on, and football fever is running hot, much to the distress of Geko, the monastery’s disciplinarian. The boys’ passion to see the final of the World Cup and the discipline of monastic life is eventually satisfied by bringing the satellite broadcast right into the monastery. In the end, assisted by the warm caring of Geko for the boys, peace returns in the monastery.

Director

Khyentse Norbu

Known as H.E. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche in religion, he is one of the most important lamas in the Tibetan Buddhism tradition. He was born in Bhutan and revealed when he was 7 as the reincarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, a monk and a saint of the 19th. He studied in Sikkim, Bhutan and India. He was fascinated by picture and sound since he dicovered television when he was 13. He started his carreer with Bernardo Bertolucci on Little Buddha. He lives in Dzongsar monastery. He is the spiritual head of two meditation centers in Bhutan and Sikkim as well as two schools of philopsophy in India and Bhutan.

Jamyang Lodro
Neten Chokling
Orgyen Tobgyal

Screenplay
Khyentse Norbu

Image
Paul Warren

Sound
Bronwyn Murphy

Editing
John Scott

Music
Douglas Mills

Set decoration
Raymond Steiner

production : Malcolm Watson, Raymond Steiner, Coffee Stain Productions, 285 Galston Road, Galston NSW 2159, Australie, Tél. & Fax : (61 2) 9653 1762 vente à l’étranger : Hanway Films c/o Recorded Picture Company, 24 Hanway street, Londres W1P 9DD, Grande-Bretagne, Tél. : (44 171) 636 22 51, Fax : (44 171) 636 22 61

Title in Original Version : The Cup / La Coupe