Dechen RoderJamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, Sonam Tashi Choden
Bhutan / 2016 / 136 minutes / DCP / Color
Film noir in Bhutan. An unlikely convergence, we first think. Yes, there is a hard bitten detective. And an anxious bureaucracy. And a seductive but deceitful woman (who may also be a demoness). And a missing abbess. And a pilgrimage of tales and nightmares from the village to the capital. Blending splendid landscapes, roughhewn houses, new faces and fresh tales, director Roder recreates the familiar genre in a new world – and reveals an emergent cinema of real interest.