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WHITE SUN (SETO SURYA)

Opening Film

SYNOPSIS

Movie dates back to period just after end of a decade long Nepalese civil war (1996-2006). This movie is all about story of conflict of two brothers Maoist guriella fighter Chandra aka Agni (Dayahang Rai) and Suraj (Ravindra SIngh Baniya). Conflict arises when their father Chitra who was also village chief and true follower of Monarch dies. Agni who was away fighting against his father’s ideology returns after knowing about father’s death. Story is accompanied by Durga who is ex-wife of Chandra and their daughter Pooja though Durga makes it clear that neither Chandra nor his brother Suraj (Rabindra Singh Baniya) is the biological father. White Sun (Seto Surya) has bagged the Best Asian Feature Film award at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival] (SGIFF)(2016) and has been named Top 9 Movies to watch by New York Times.

ABOUT THE FILM

Genre: Drama

Country: USA

Runtime: 90 Min

Director: Deepak Rauniyar

Deepak Rauniyar was born in Saptari, Nepal. His micro-budget debut feature, Highway, premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival and was the first Nepali film ever to screen at a major international festival. The film is credited with starting a new wave of Nepali cinema focused on the reality of post-conflict life in the landlocked nation. His second feature, White Sun, premiered at the 2016 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to rave reviews calling it “an impressively accomplished second feature” that skillfully explores personal and social frictions in a small mountain village after the civil war. The film won the Interfilm Award at Venice and Silver Screen Award for Best Film at the Singapore International Film Festival, New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize at Palm Spring Film Festival and has screened widely internationally. Rauniyar is an alumnus of the TIFF and Berlinale Talent Labs.

Language(s): Nepali

Subtitles: English

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