Asia and the Pacific Screens
Tharlo ཐར་ལོ། 塔洛
5:30pm - 8:00pm
16 Nov 2016
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
2015, 123 mins, China
Directed by Pema Tseden པད་མ་ཚེ་བརྟན། 万玛才旦
Tibetan and Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Tharlo is 40, and has a remarkable memory that allows him to recite Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book. He lives a quiet life alone in the Tibetan mountains with his hundreds of sheep. But his life turns upside down when he is asked to go to the city to have a photo taken for his first ID card. The photographer sends him to a young and pretty hairdresser who soon shows interest in him and his ponytail. But is she serious when talking about escaping together to Lhasa or Beijing? All he can think about now is the lovely city girl, and his journey to happiness and new discoveries…
Pema Tseden is a Tibetan director and writer who writes in both Tibetan and Chinese. Before being a film, Tharlo was first a novel written by Pema Tseden. In his own words: 'Tharlo is typical of Tibetans of the present generation. This is a story that shows them in a state of confusion, disorientation and desensitization. The film is made in black and white as the ruggedness in the images speaks of the situation and ambience of the vast lands of Tibet, and of the state of being of the protagonist, THARLO.'
This screening will be followed by a short informal discussion.
This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Six: Borderlands, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World.