Film maker Pema Tseden’s ‘Jinpa’ wins big again

Pema Tseden pictured with Jean-Marc Thérouanne, co-director of the festival on stage.

DHARAMSALA, Feb 14: Renowned Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden’s film ‘Jinpa’ has swept the 25th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema with three awards.

The most decorated Tibetan filmmaker took home Cyclo d’Or (Golden Rickshaw), the top prize of the festival along with Critics’ Award and INALCO’s Special Award at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (Festival international des cinémas d’Asie).

The French culture minister opened the festival held annually in Vesoul in the east of France on February 5. The eight-day film festival has an impressive line up of 16 other films; eight fictions and eight documentary films from Korea, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Sahka/Yakutia-Bulgaria and France-Vietnam.

‘Jinpa’, Pema Tseden’s sixth feature film was set in Tibet, based on two novels; Tsering Norbu’s ‘The Slayer’ and ‘I Ran Over a Sheep’ written by Pema Tseden himself also won the best screenplay award for at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on 2018 and the Special Jury Prize for at Tokyo FilMeX in 2018.

Further, ‘Jinpa’ has been nominated for 6 awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Music of the 13th Asian Film Awards which will take place on March 17th, 2019 in Hong Kong’s TVB City.

Tseden’s other films have also won acclaim from critics and juries around the world.

While ‘Tharlo’ was awarded the Best Adapted Screen Play at the 52nd Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards and Artistic Exploration Award at the 23rd Beijing College Student Film Festival 2016, his second feature, ‘The Search’ was selected for screening at the Locarno Film Festival while his third, ‘Old Dog’ won prestigious prizes at festivals across Asia.

Born in a nomad family, Pema Tseden earned legions of fans through his critically acclaimed films, making him the most successful and celebrated Tibetan filmmaker. He is one of the few Tibetans to have graduated from the Beijing Film Academy.

The Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema is an annual Asian film festival started by Martine and Jean-Marc Thérouanne to promote Asian films in 1995. They have been co-directing the festival since then. The 25th anniversary drew, a record 32 700 visitors.

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