Happiness (sold out)

TUE 20 SEP  | 7:15pm  /  Singapore Premiere

FRANCE/FINLAND 2013
80 mins
PG
Bhutanese with English subtitles
Director: Thomas Balmès


Synopsis

1-Happiness-Peyangki-bow_webPeyangki is a dreamy and solitary eight-year-old monk who has never left his Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. At last, electricity is going to arrive in his tiny village, a decade after their ruler opened up Bhutan to television and the internet. He treks for three days to the nearest city in search of a television. But will television bring happiness?

Capturing the majesty of an isolated world on the brink of great change, Happiness provides a vivid glimpse into a vanishing way of life. This film is a witness to the moment where an ancient society falls to the seduction of technology, illuminating how complicated and bittersweet the arrival of progress can be.


Director’s Bio

2-Happiness-monks_webThomas Balmès has been working as an independent director, cinematographer and producer of non-fiction films since 1992. His initial projects included studies of filmmakers James Ivory and Michelangelo Antonioni.

His first film, Bosnia Hotel (1996), was the story of UN Kenyan peacekeepers in Bosnia. This was followed by Maharajah Burger; Mad Cows; Holy Cows, about the mad cow crisis as seen from the Indian perspective. The Gospel According to the Papuans (2000), tracking the conversion to Christianity of a Papuan Chief, was honoured with the Silver Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. He then directed a sequel in Papua, Waiting for Jesus (2000), and captured the stories of infants across the globe in the acclaimed 2010 documentary Babies.


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