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Himalaya: L'Enfance D'Un Chef Details

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Himalaya, l'Enfance d'un Chef is a fiction film about the forgotten people of Tibet, focusing on their daily lives and traditional customs. In a remote village in the Dolpo in the northwestern Himalayas of Nepal, Tinle, a charismatic old chief, has just lost his eldest son. He refuses to allow his son's friend Karma, whom he holds responsible for his son's death, to lead a caravan of yaks. Karma defies the old man's anger and the shaman's advice and moves the caravan, with the help of other village youtha, before the date set by the ritual. On the day indicated by the gods, Tinle gets together the village elderly and sets out on the same journey with his second son and his grandson, who is destined to be the next chief. The ancestral struggle between the old man and the mountains begins all over again. Eric Valli traveled in the region for many years and studied the ways of the people before making this film, which is based on the epic lives of two of his Tibetan friends. The film was shot over a nine-month period with a small French crew working under extreme conditions at an altitude reaching 17,000 feet. Scenic shots are spectacular, particularly those depicting the crossing of the high pass. Himalaya, l'Enfance d'un Chef was shown out of competition at the 1999 Locarno International Film Festival. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi

  • Release date:June 11, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Bruno Coulais Best Music 1999 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Eric Guichard Best Cinematography 1999 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eric Valli Best Foreign Language Film 1999 Nominee

Cast

Gurgon Kyap
as Karma
Lhakpa Tsamchoe
as Pema
Karma Wangiel
as Pasang
Dorjee Tsering

Crew

Eric Valli
Director
Jacques Perrin
Producer
Christophe Barratier
Producer
Olivier Dazat
Screenwriter
Nathalie Azoulai
Screenwriter
Jacques Perrin
Screenwriter
Eric Valli
Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Guillebaud
Screenwriter
Louis Gardel
Screenwriter
Jean-Paul Meurisse
Cinematographer
Eric Guichard
Cinematographer
Bruno Coulais
Composer (Music Score)
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte
Editor
Jerome Krowicki
Art Director
Mick Csaky
Associate Producer
Jean Labadie
Associate Producer
Danièle Delorme
Associate Producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz
Associate Producer
Yves Robert
Associate Producer
Jean de Tregomain
Executive Producer
Michel Debats
Technical Advisor
Eric Valli
Conception
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