Balloon - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Mainland China | 2019 | 102’ | DCP | Colour | Tibetan | Group: To be confirmed
Director: Pema Tseden

2019/12/07 19:00 Cinematheque‧Passion

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On the Tibetan grasslands, Dargye and Drolkar live a serene and ordinary life with their three sons and the grandfather. A condom sparks a series of embarrassment and dilemma, breaking the harmony of the family. What matters more in the circle of life and death, soul or reality?


Pema Tseden

Pema Tseden is a Tibetan director, screenwriter and author. His published works, in both Tibetan and Chinese, include Temptation, The Color of Death, and Tharlo. His works have received numerous literature awards and have been translated into English, French, German, Japanese, Czech.

Most of Pema Tseden’s films were shot in Tibetan language by Tibetan teams. His films include The Silent Holy Stones, The Search, Old Dog, Tharlo and Jinpa. From his realistic, meticulous portrayal of his native land, people have a new understanding of Tibetan culture and its living conditions. His films have been nominated at the Venice International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and other major international film festivals, where they have received Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay Awards and over forty other domestic and international prizes. His last feature Jinpa won Best Screenplay Award in the Orizzonti section at the 75th Venice International Film.

Cast & Crew

Director Pema Tseden

Scriptwriter(s) Pema Tseden

Producer(s) Ying Liang, Huang Xufeng, Jacky Pang

Co-Producer(s) Liang Ying, Song Jia, Wang Lei

Cinematographer Songye Lu

Production Designer Daktse Dundrup

Editor Ching-Sung Liao, Di Jin

Music Peyman Yazdanian

Costumes Designer

Cast Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Yangshik Tso, Konchok, Dudul

Production Companies Tang Dynasty Cultural Communication (Beijing), Factory Gate Films, Mani Stone Pictures, Beijing China Central Plains Digital Cinema Line, Cultural Investment Holdings, iQIYI Pictures (co-presents)


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