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White Sun, by Deepak Rauniyar, wins the Art Cinema Award at Loft Film Fest

White Sun, by Deepak Rauniyar, wins the Art Cinema Award at Loft Film Fest


The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the Festival de Sevilla went to White Sun by Deepak Rauniyar.

Film information

White Sun
Nepal / USA / Qatar / Netherlands, 2016, 89 minutes
Director: Deepak Rauniyar
Scenario: Deepak Rauniyar & David Barker
Cast: Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Sumi Malla, Amrit Pariyar, Dayahang Rai
Production: Aadi Production, Louverture Films, The Film Kitchen, Mila Productions
International sales : Match Factory
More information on the festival’s website.


When his father dies, anti-regime partisan Chandra must travel to his remote mountain village after nearly a decade away. Little Pooja is anxiously awaiting the man she thinks is her father, but she’s confused when Chandra arrives with Badri, a young street orphan rumoured to be his son. Chandra must face his brother Suraj, who was on the opposing side during the Nepalese civil war. The two brothers cannot put aside political feelings while carrying their father’s body down the steep mountain path to the river for cremation. Suraj storms off in a rage, leaving Chandra with no other men strong enough to help. Under pressure from the village elders, Chandra must seek help from outside the village to obey the rigid caste and discriminatory gender traditions he fought to eliminate during the war. Chandra searches for a solution in neighboring villages, among the police, guests at a local wedding, and rebel guerrillas…

Jury’s decision:

For its ability to tell a story intricately tied to a unique time, place, and culture, while simultaneously connecting to a universal audience, and for the outstanding work of its ensemble cast, the Jury recognizes Deepak Rauniyar’s White Sun.

The jury was composed of:

Tibor Bíró, Jameson Cinefest – Miskolc International Film Festival, Hungary
Maggie Mackay, Vidiots/Annapurna Pictures, USA
Javier Pachón, CineArte, Spain



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