Films by acclaimed Tibetan director Pema Tseden now available
Pema Tseden (aka Wanma Caidan): Old Dog, The Search and Silent Holy Stones. The films, which have never before been available in North America, are now available for educational, theatrical, film festival, and television bookings.
Old Dog will make its U.S. Theatrical premiere with a week-long run in the spring of 2013 at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
OLD DOG A film by PEMA Tseden (WANMA Caidan) A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price. Pema Tseden is the leading filmmaker of a newly emerging Tibetan cinema and the first director in China to film his movies entirely in the Tibetan language. His third feature, Old Dog, is both a humorous and tragic allegory and a sober depiction of life among the impoverished rural Tibetan community. Set in the stunning Tibetan countryside–by turns ancient and modern– these stark and allegorical tales have established Tseden as the leading auteur of the Tibetan New Wave. His work has been shown in programs at the Harvard Film Archive, Yale University, Asia Society, NYU’s Reel China, Cornell Cinema, and more.
“A cleverly devised story, rich in allegory and social critiques with very little fat on its bones. Pema Tsden is a name you’re going to be much more familiar with in the coming years.” —indieWIRE
“[Pema Tseden is] a master, with three brilliant features to date. Given Pema Tseden’s extremely complicated position as a Tibetan in China, and the necessity of having his films pass stringent Chinese censorship, his ability to speak eloquently of individual despair and the emergency of cultural obliteration is masterful; his ability to do this in films of such eloquent, quiet beauty is nothing short of astonishing.” —Cinema Scope
“A stealthily powerful tale. Flecked with Chekhovian melancholy but also welcome moments of humor.” —Variety
Best Narrative Feature, Brooklyn Film Festival Grand Prize, Tokyo FILMeX Audience, Press, and Jury Awards, Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival Rotterdam International Film Festival 88 minutes/color/Tibetan with English subtitles
For publicity inquiries, contact: Colin Beckett, Director of Publicity
Booking inquiries: Livia Bloom, Director of Exhibition and Broadcast