WHITE SUN (SETO SURYA)

by Deepak Rauniyar

When his father dies, anti-regime partisan Chandratravel 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 rumoured to be his son. Chandra must face his brother Suraj, who was on the opposing side during the Nepalese 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...

  • FILM INFO

    Year: 2016

    Country:  Nepal | USA | Qatar | Netherlands

    Runtime: 89 mins

    Color: Color

    Language: Nepali

    Subtitles: English

     

    CREW

    Producers

    Deepak Rauniyar, Joslyn Barnes,

    Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, Michel Merkt

    Executive Producers:

    Danny Glover, Bertha Foundation,

    Susan Rockefeller, Jaime Mateus-Tique,

    Mita Hosali, Worley Works

    Director

    Deepak Rauniyar

    Screenplay

    Deepak Rauniyar, David Barker

    Editor :

    David Barker

    Director of Photography

    Mark O'Fearghail

    Sound

    Jaap Sijben

    Music:

    Vivek Maddala

    CAST

    Chandra – Dayahang Rai

    Durga – Asha Magrati

    Surja – Rabindra Singh Baniya

    Pooja – Sumi Malla

    Badri – Amrit Pariyar

  • REVIEWS

    Nepali helmer Deepak Rauniyar's outstanding second feature is a powerful drama about people and a nation at the crossroads.

    Veriety - Richard Kuipers

     

    The accomplished second feature from director Deepak Rauniyar (Highway) looks at a Nepali community caught at odds between tradition and progress. It takes in the internecine divisions that result from the aftermath of the civil war. And it ponders the near impossibility of getting the corpse of a fat man through a small, first floor window (the dogmatic village elders decree that it would be very inauspicious to take him through the door).

    ScreenDaily - Wendy Ide

     

    The sky-high Himalayas and the aftermath of civil war cast equally dark shadows in White Sun (Seto Surya), an impressively accomplished second feature by Nepalese writer-director Deepak Rauniyar

    The Hollywood Rporter -  Neil Young

     

     

  • AWARDS/FESTIVALS

    New Directors New Films, New York 2017

    Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017

    (New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize)

    International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017

    Busan International Film Festival 2016

    Toronto International Film Festival 2016

    Venice Film Festival 2016

    (INTERFILM AWARDS)

    Valladolid International Film Festival 2016

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2016

    Dubai International Film Festival 2016

    Singapole International Film Festival 2016

    (SILVER SCREEN AWARDS)

     

     

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