The Search

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Kino Aero         19th of April        20:30

A Tibetan film director travels from village to village looking for actors to star in a film based on the Tibetan opera Prince Drimé Kundun, a quintessentially Buddhist legend about compassion and self-sacrifice. Travelling by car, the director holds auditions in the unlikely but all-pervasive contexts of contemporary Tibetan life—in building sites, streets, bars, night clubs, and monasteries. Exercising formalistic restraint with a contemplative pace and unique camera placement, Pema Tseden has made a road movie that takes the viewer straight into the heart of a changing Tibet, raising penetrating questions about what identity means in the modern world. This film is the first ever film made in Tibet to be shot entirely with a Tibetan crew in the Tibetan language, with production support from renowned Chinese 5th Generation filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang.

"A charming ... film within a film ... with easy grace [and] a meditative aesthetic."

Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto International Film Festival

 "An offbeat cultural album of Tibetan people as well as a cinematic pilgrimage to understand their lifestyles and religious heritage."

Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter

 "The Search is literally a journey through new Tibet."

Louisa Lim, All Things Considered, NPR

 "Most exciting and unexpected ... discovery of an important new film."

Chris Berry, Senses of Cinema

Toronto International Film Festival
Bangkok International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize
Shanghai International Film Festival: Jury Grand Prix
Locarno Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival