Kangling (Bone Trumpet) - debut fiction film
A journey of a nomad, a monk, and a woman who are confronting desperate realities meet under the mysterious circumstance in the high Himalayan pasture in Nepal that may possibly change their fate as they part ways.
Three people, a LAMA (45), a NOMAD (40) and a wandering WOMAN (30) meet under mysterious circumstances as a long winter comes to an end in Nepal's Himalayas. A mountain nomad is desperately fighting for his existence due to the loss of his traditional subsistence. There are inexplicable things happening in the pasture. Strange things are underfoot, growling sounds of wild foxes and snow leopards grows nearer every day, only to be punctuated by desperate cries of a woman. There is also some sighting of mysterious figures in/around the pastureland. Nomad believes that it is a sign that local deities and the spirits of his ancestors are angry with him because he is slowly giving up on their culture and traditions. He seeks help from a ngagpa-monk (Lama) from a nearby village for divine intervention to quell the wrath and vengeance of his ancestors and local spirits. The ngagpa-monk is confronting his own desperate economic realities. He is contemplating migration to the city with his family as the last resort. He agrees to assist the nomad hoping that the nomad will help him too. On his way to the pasture, the monk meets a woman with her own reasons to be there.
Bone Trumpet is the journey of these three individuals who are confronting desperate realities and looking to end their sufferings. As they converge, numerous dramatic events unfold which shed light on the past and present of the characters and circumstances leading to their meeting in the pasture. Their meeting may not be a mere coincidence and their destinies may change forever as they part ways.
Min Bahadur Bham is an award-winning film director/producer from Nepal. He owns a production company, Shooney Films, which has produced several films including The Flute by Min Bahadur Bham (Venice IFF 2012), The Golden Hill by Rajan Kathet (Montreal IFF 2015), The Black Hen by Min Bahadur Bham (Fedeora Award, Venice Critics Week 2015), Year of the Bird by Shenang Gyamjo Tamang (Busan IFF 2016), A Curious Girl by Rajesh Prasad Khatri (Grand Prix, Berlinale Generation KPlus 2018). Currently Shooney Film is developing the projects Seasons of Dragonflies by Abinash Bikram Shah (CNC Prize, Locarno Open Doors 2016), A Year of Cold by Min Bahadur Bham (ACF, APM Busan IFF 2017, ARTE Prize at Locarno Open Doors 2018, Cinéfondation Residence, Festival de Cannes 2018), and Kangling (Bone Trumpet) by Fidel Devkota (APM, Busan IFF 2018, L'Atelier, Festival de Cannes 2019).
Production country - Nepal and France
Producer(s) - Min Bahadur Bham (Shooney Films, Nepal)
- Catherine Dussart (CDP, France)
- Fidel Devkota (Ciné Sankipa, Nepal)
Format - 2K I Color
Running Time - 80 minutes
Genre - Magic realism
Language - Tibetan (Lowa dialect)
Project Status - Writing and Development