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The Monk And The Gun

Directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji
2023
Bhutan
107 minutes
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Bhutan, 2006, and the country’s first democratic election is on the horizon. But trouble may be brewing when an elderly monk requests two guns. The latest charmer from Oscar-nominated Pawo Choyning Dorji.
Dorji’s (Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom) Telluride-selected, delightfully droll and slyly satirical film takes place in rural Bhutan during the lead-up to his country’s first-ever election. A trial run with fictional parties is planned to introduce voters to the concept of democracy. But when a dedicated young monk is asked by his elderly lama to bring him two guns before voting begins, it seems trouble is in store. A cavalcade of characters and misadventures ensue, in a tale as suspenseful as it is winning.
An unexpectedly suspenseful shaggy dog story, as well as a pretty funny one, with subtly pointed barbs about American politics
Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post
A droll, shrewdly satirical tale
Peter Debruge, Variety
In a place whose greatest aim is its population’s happiness, Dorji’s The Monk and the Gun contemplates whether complete modernization of his country is worth the price of this very happiness
Marya E. Gates, RogerEbert.com
Program Strand
Teaser
Year
2023
Country
Bhutan, France, USA, Taiwan
Language
In Dzongkha and English with English subtitles
Director
Pawo Choyning Dorji
Producer
Stephanie Lai, Jean-Christophe Simon, Hsu Feng, Pawo Choyning Dorji
Cast
Tandin Wangchuk, Deki Lhamo, Pema Zangpo Sherpa
Screenwriter
Pawo Choyning Dorji
Cinematographer
Jigme Tenzing
Editor
Ku Hsiao-Yun
Premiere
NSW Premiere
Genre
Politics & Economics, Festival Award Winners, Religion & Belief, South East Asia
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Rialto Distribution
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