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A new film by Pema Tseden
Dir. Pema Tseden. China. 2019. Tibetan with English subtitles. DCP. 87 mins.
On an isolated road in the barren Kekexili Plateau of Tibet, a truck driver chances upon a young hitchhiker on a quest for revenge. They share a name, and perhaps, a dream. Little does the driver realize that their brief encounter has inexorably intertwined their destinies. Mixing filmmaker Pema Tseden’s signature naturalism with dreamy, sepia-soaked flashbacks, Jinpa challenges audiences to question our own understanding of spirituality, morality, and, ultimately, reality.
Based on Tseden's own short story and produced by Wong Kar-wai (Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love).
Presented by Asia Society and the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation. Co-presented by Columbia University Modern Tibetan Studies Program. Courtesy of the dGenerate Collection at Icarus Films
"Contemplates spiritual redemption, inspiring audiences to think about faith, karma and the pursuit of inner peace." —Global Times
"Take[s] you somewhere you don't often go, geographically and cinematically." —Screen Daily
"A Tibetan's view of Tibet."—The New York Times
Pema Tseden was born in 1969 in Amdo, in the Tibetan region of Qinghai Province. He is widely recognized as the leading filmmaker of a newly emerging Tibetan cinema and the first director in China to film his movies entirely in the Tibetan language. Tseden has published more than 50 short stories and novels both in Tibetan and Chinese. His work has won numerous awards including the Drang-char (sbrang-char) Tibetan Literature Prize and has been translated into English, French, and German. Since beginning his film career in 2002, Tseden has created a highly acclaimed body of work. Tseden is Chairman of the Directors Association of China; he is also a member of the Filmmakers and Literary Societies of China.
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