Himalaya (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Himalaya–L’Enfance D’Un Chef

Alternate title:  Caravan

France/United Kingdom/Switzerland/Nepal, 1999.  Galatée Films, France 2 Cinéma, Les Productions de la Guéville, Les Productions JMH, Antelope Films, National Studio Limited, Bac Films, , Centre National de la Cinématographie, British Screen Productions, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, , La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Procirep, European Script Fund, European Co-production Fund.  Writers , , , , Screenplay by Eric Valli.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Gorgeously photographed triptych of the beautiful mountainsides of Tibet, centering on the story of nomadic saltmen who brave harsh weather, a devastating climate and feuds between families to carry their salt to where they must sell it and bring back provisions for their homes. Eric Valli has definitely done a superb job of capturing a culture at its most true and raw, but the plot moves quite slowly and methodically which might be a turn-off for some.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Cinematographer

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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