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White Sun (Feature, 2016 )
directed by Deepak Rauniyar
Production Companies: Aadi Production, Louverture Films, The Film Kitchen, Mila Productions
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Festival Selections & Awards
Silver Screen Award for Best Film, Singapore International Film Festival
New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize, Palm Spring International Film Festival
Interfilm Award, Venice International Film Festival – Orizzonti Competition
Official Selection, Toronto Internatijnal Film Festival – Contemporary World Cinema
Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival
Official Selection, International Film Festival of Rotterdam
Official Selection, New Directors / New Films
When his father dies, anti-regime partisan Chandra must travel to his remote mountain village after nearly a decade away. Little Pooja is anxiously awaiting the man she thinks is her father, but she’s confused when Chandra arrives with Badri, a young street orphan rumored to be his son. Chandra must face his brother Suraj, who was on the opposing side during the Nepali civil war. The two brothers cannot put aside political feelings while carrying their father’s body down the steep mountain path to the river for cremation. Suraj storms off in a rage, leaving Chandra with no other men strong enough to help. Under pressure from the village elders, Chandra must seek help from outside the village to obey the rigid caste and discriminatory gender traditions he fought to eliminate during the war. Chandra searches for a solution in neighboring villages, among the police, guests at a local wedding, and rebel guerrillas…
“A standout when premiering in Venice’s Horizons sidebar, it’s a delicately-observed, multi-generational story which could go a distance in the Oscar Foreign Language category.”
“Skillfully blending intimate human drama with sharp political observations, Deepak Rauniyar’s outstanding second feature sends a powerful message…”
“Much more than a photogenic ethnographic postcard from afar, this is a deceptively complex story… Rauniyar handles the socio-political complexities of life post-conflict with a lightness of touch and flashes of absurdist humour.”
“White Sun with its finely wrought, persuasive performances is a rare piece of filmmaking.”
HIGHWAY (Feature, 2012)
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Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival – Panorama
Official Selection, Locarno International Film Festival – Open Doors
Official Selection, Montreal World Film Festival
Opening Film, ContmoprAsian, New York Museum of Modern Art
Set against the backdrop of the new culture of bandhs (general strikes) that frequently immobilize post-conflict Nepal, HIGHWAY explores four different stories that become intertwined during an ill fated bus journey from Eastern Nepal to the capital Kathmandu. While the passengers – each of whom urgently needs to be somewhere else – work out a resolution to the combustible strike that is blocking the only passable road, the film explores the emotional and spiritual bandhs that many Nepalis are contending with.
Threshold (Short, 2008)
directed by Deepak Rauniyar
Special Jury Prize 2008 Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival
Special Jury Prize 2009 Ahmedabad International Film Festival
Chaukaith (Threshold) is about an encounter between two young women. A Madhesi housewife, Sarswati Gupta, has forgotten her own real name and doesn’t count herself as a family member. A workingwoman, Trishna Thapa, is a divorced single mother. As a census officer Trishna goes to the Tarai (low-land). Sarswati’s household is the last one she needs to document at the end of a long day. And this is where the film begins. All the acting is improvised, with no scripted dialogue. “Chaukaith” portraits contemporary features of Nepalese society and it also raises questions about barriers among different people and societies, but in a more intimate and domestic context – in which a woman searches for her identity, a life outside her own threshold.
Co-founded by filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar and actor/casting director Asha M Magrati, Aadi Productions is dedicated to develop, produce and marketoriginal, innovative and socially conscious Nepali films in Nepal, and internationally.
We strive to move away from the Bollywood-dominated and influenced formula films and give a fresh perspective and voice to homegrown Nepali cinema. We work in close collaboration with innovative, well-known filmmakers, crew and production companies worldwide.