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The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain

Ridham Janve
India 2018 / 97’
The Earth The Lodge

High in the mountains lies a treasure. Guarded by treacherous slopes and valleys, no known path leads to it. This is not the gold-laden sheep of fairy tales discussed during nighttime conversations around the fire but a recently crashed airplane. The authorities establish a reward for finding the wreckage. But the question is how to get there. The only ones who know the area are local shepherds, who are aware of the threat that conceit poses in the Himalayas. One of them, Arjun, a misogynist and in poor health, decides to take the risk. Ridham Janve’s contemplative debut, made up of long, picturesque shots, captures the stark majesty of the mountains in the north of Himachal Pradesh. The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountaincan be read as a parable, drawing on local beliefs, about human pride and modernity, seducing human beings into temptation and knocking them out of the orbit of traditional life. At the same time, the director shows—in a documentary-like fashion—the hardships faced by the inhabitants of the mountains. The fact that the lead roles are played by Gaddi shepherds with no previous acting experience also lends to the film’s authenticity.

Mariusz Mikliński

Ridham Janve

Born in Rajasthan in 1986, Ridham Janve is an Indian director. He completed his studies in Ahmadabad. He is the director of short films that combine fictional elements with documentary themes. His feature debut, The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain,was presented at the international film festivals in Rotterdam and Mumbai, where, together with Aditya Vikram Sengupta's Jonaki,screened at New Horizons last year, he won the Silver Gateway award.

Selected filmography

2013 Kanche aur postcard (short)

2018 Złota owca i święta góra / The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain

Cast & Crew

director Ridham Janve
screenplay Ridham Janve, Akshay Singh
cinematography Saurabh Monga
editing Kratika Adhikari
music Jered Sorkin
cast Lokendra Gurung, Arjun Pant
producer Ridham Janve, Akshay Singh
production National Film Development Corporation India
sales National Film India
language various
colouration colour