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Lhamo and Skalbe
A film by Sonthar Gyal
Year|2019 Duration|110 min Language|Tibetan Country|China World Premiere|San Sebastian


Lhamo and Skalbe fail to register their marriage because Skalbe is already engaged in a legal conjugal relationship. Skalbe embarks on a journey to search for his so-called ex-wife Tsoyag, only to find with surprise that the girl had renunciate her secular life already when she broke the promise four years ago. Tsoyag’s identity causes great difficulty to Skalbe. Meanwhile, Lhamo acts estranged and confusing. She is busy with the rehearsal of Tibetan opera, Epic of King Gesar, representing the heroine protagonist Atak Lhamo who fell into hell sinfully. A buried secret brings her fear to the character and anxiety of marriage.


Sonthar Gyal

Born in the Tibetan region of Amdo, Sonthar Gyal grew up amongst shepherds in Qinghai Province in China. Following studies at Beijing Film Academy, he became a prominent member of the first generation of Tibetan filmmakers with films including The Sun Beaten Path (2011, Locarno, Hong Kong - Special Mention), River (2015, Berlin) and Ala Changso (2018, Shanghai - Grand Jury Prize and Best Screenplay).


Tongde County Garuda Film & TV Culture Communication Co., Ltd.
Sichuan Million Cheer Culture Media Co., Ltd.
Qinghai Sun Tribe Ethnic Culture Co., Ltd.


Sonam Nyima, Dkyid, Sechok Gyal


Script: Sonthar Gyal
Cinematography: Meng Wang
Art Design: Dieter Diependaele, Bas Devos
Music: Daktze Dondrub, Tsering Dondrub
Sound: Tao Li, Dragan Tzondrus Gyatso
Editors: Matthieu Laclau, Sangdak Jyab


San Sebastian International Film Festival

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