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Himalaya

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Himalaya

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
104 minutes
Limited Release Date:
03/30/01
performer:
Gurgon Kyap, Thilen Lhondup, Karma Tensing Nyima Lama, Lhapka Tsamchoe, Karma Wangiel
director:
Eric Valli
Producers:
Antelope, Bac Films, France 2 Cinema, Galatee Films, National Studios, Inc., Les Productions de la Gueville, Les Productions JMH
distributor:
Kino International
author:
Nathalie Azoulai, Olivier Dazat, Louis Gardel, Jean-Claude Guillebaud
genre:
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it an A

A celluloid version of the annual yak caravan across the Himalayas to trade Tibetan salt for Nepalese grain, director Eric Valli’s Oscar nominee for best foreign film offers spectacular scenery (nine months on location), with pared-down-to-its-essentials cinema (amateur actors, no makeup). Incorporating a tale of the old guard — in this case an aging village chief — resisting an inevitable takeover by the new, Valli’s paean to a land he’s lived in for two decades headily renders a disappearing culture, and the stellar camera work captures each and every wind-carved facial crevice.