30.09. - 09.10.2021

Dance of the Orchids France, Nepal 2012 | 85 min | OV | Colour | FF 2012

Subarna Thapa

Subarna Thapa (*1973). Born in Katmandu, he has lived for several years in France where he has acted at the Théâtre du Soleil and cinema and TV films. Dance of the Orchids is his first full-length film.

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This film breaks a taboo in Nepalese society: the love of two women.  The story revolves around 22-year old Diya, who dreams of being a professional dancer and is encouraged in her ambition by her best friend Kiran.  Although her parents have already promised Diya to a man, the friendship with Kiran develops into a love relationship.  To be able to live with her, Diya defies Nepalese moral convention and tradition and disassociates herself from her husband-to-be.  As the two young women openly show their different way of living, they come under serious threat.
Original title: Soongava
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Nepalese, Newari
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Subarna Thapa
Screenplay: Subarna Thapa
Cast: Deeya Maskey, Nisha Adhikari, Saugat Malla, Bashundara Bhushal, Nirmal Nisar
Producer: Virginie Lacombe, Raphaël Berdugo
Director of Photography: Sara Cornu
Music: Sylvain Morizet
Production Design: Sagun Man Sing
Editor: Sylvie Gadmer
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Cité Films
Production: Rapsodie Production; Cité Films; Ami Films


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