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21 Jul 2020

‘A Year of Cold’ Nepali movie wins Euro 75,000 prize

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A poster of film.
A poster of film.

Nepali film entitled ‘A Year of Cold’ has won a cash prize of 75,000 Euros for the script.

A Year of Cold is the second feature film of Min Bahadur Bham. The script was selected for Cannes’ Cinéfondation Residence and the Nipkow Programm in Berlin.

It participated in the Asian Project Market 2017, winning the SORFOND Award, as well as in Locarno Open Doors 2018, where it won the ArteKino International Prize.

Movie marks the second film from a 36-year-old Bham, the first Nepalese director to be selected by the Venice Film Festival. The second feature from Nepal’s Bham, “A Year of Cold,” has been offered up for co-production at Locarno’s Open Doors Hub.

Min Bahadur Bham

The director’s coming-of-age debut, “The Black Hen,” hit Venice Critics Week in 2015, taking the Fedora Award. It became the first Nepali film to premiere at that festival– and was Nepal’s entry in the 2016 Oscars race.

The award was given by TRT 12 Punto Script Lab of Turkey for the script of the film.

The film, co-produced by Nepal and Turkey, tells the story of a Tibetan woman’s struggle to find a husband.

She is pregnant. When her husband Pema suddenly disappears, she goes in search of her husband and the story goes on.

A female-driven survival road movie, “A Year of Cold” evolves against the backdrop of the world’s Himalaya roof and a strong patriarchal, rural environment. The feature turns on a pregnant Tibetan female refugee, who is forced for legal reasons to find her missing husband. She will be accompanied by her de facto husband, her legal brother-in-law.

This is not the first international award the film has won. Earlier, the film had been awarded at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in Paris. He received 60,000 US dollars for making the film.

Similarly, in 2018, he won 6,000 Euros at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.

In the early stages of writing, the film also received funding at the CineFundation Residence, Busan Festival.

Nepal-based Shooney Films, who produced Bham’s debut as well as Rajesh Prasad Khatri’s “A Curious Girl,” a Grand Prix winner at this year’s Berlinale Generation KPlus, is back to produce “A Year of Cold.”

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