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The Himalaya- A Chief's Childhood

The Himalaya- A Chief's Childhood

A Feature film by Eric Valli

Produced by Galatée Films

Release in France : 15/12/1999


    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.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Galatée Films

    Foreign production companies :

    National Studio Limited, Antelope

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

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    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

    Adaptation :

    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

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    Production language :

    Tibetan, German

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Switzerland, Nepal, Great Britain

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    Nationality :

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

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    Runtime :

    1 h 44 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (2)


    News (6)

    Selections (11)

    FIFF - 2020

    FIFF (Belgium, 2020)


    Tokyo - International Film Festival - 2000

    Tokyo - International Film Festival (Japan, 2000)


    Special Screenings

    Madrid French Film Mostra - 2000

    Madrid French Film Mostra (Spain, 2000)


    Films selected

    Academy Awards - 2000

    Academy Awards (United States, 2000)


    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

    Locarno Film Festival - 1999

    Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 1999)

    Selection (2)

    Other Awards

    Piazza Grande


    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


    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