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The Himalaya- A Chief's Childhood

A Feature film by Eric Valli

Produced by Galatée Films

Release in France : 15/12/1999

    Synopsis

    Miles from anywhere in the middle of the Himalayas, a village nestles amidst its fields of barley. Its hardy peasant population eeks out a living from the salt of the Tibetan highlands. Each year, they mine and trade the salt for grain, transporting it far beyond the huge mountains, down to the lush, rich valleys of Nepal. The annual trek is fraught with danger, testing the bravery of one and all, transforming these simple mountain folk into heroic trailblazers.

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    Subject

    Eric Valli's beautiful Tibetan western evokes the end of a world, that of the salt caravans. What sort of musical approach should this sort of film take? Should you try to compose music with a Tibetan feel, running the risk of being picturesque? Or, like a translator distancing himself from a text's literal meaning in order to let its feeling surface, should you extract impressions from that music and mix them with more familiar sounds, in this way creating a fusion of styles at the expense of being musically correct? I opted for the second solution, an improbable mixture of Corsican and Tibetan voices, which, by dint of reworking, ended up melting, merging even. For me, this was the greatest joy of the whole adventure.

    Bruno Coulais – Composer

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producers :

    Jacques Perrin, Christophe Barratier

    Screenwriters :

    Eric Valli, Olivier Dazat

    Sound recordists :

    Denis Guilhem, Denis Martin, Bernard Le Roux

    Editor :

    Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

    Music Composer :

    Bruno Coulais

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Olivier Dazat

    Directors of Photography :

    Jean-Paul Meurisse, Éric Guichard

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Eva Simonet

    Production Designer :

    Jérôme Krowicki

    Costume designer :

    Michel Debats

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    Tibetan, German

    Coproducer countries :

    Switzerland, Nepal, Great Britain, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Switzerland, Nepal, Great Britain, France)

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    15/12/1999

    Runtime :

    1 h 44 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    83.030

    Visa issue date :

    16/11/1999

    Approval :

    Yes

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)

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    News (6)

    Festival Selections (10)

    Tokyo - International Film Festival - 2000

    Tokyo - International Film Festival (Japan, 2000)

    Selection

    Special Screenings

    Madrid French Film Mostra - 2000

    Madrid French Film Mostra (Spain, 2000)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Academy Awards - 2000

    Academy Awards (United States, 2000)

    Selection

    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Selection (2)

    Best Cinematography : Éric Guichard

    Best Original Music : Bruno Coulais

    TIFF - 1999

    TIFF (Canada, 1999)

    Selection

    Contemporary World Cinema

    Locarno International Film Festival - 1999

    Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 1999)

    Selection (2)

    Other Awards

    Piazza Grande

    Awards

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best Original Score : Bruno Coulais

    César Award for Best Cinematography : Éric Guichard

    Delegations

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Team (2)

    Composer of original music : Bruno Coulais

    Director of photography : Éric Guichard

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