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Pema Tseden
Zhuang si le yi zhi yang
China, Tibet 2018 / 86’
Jessica Forever Koko-di Koko-da

There is little chance of meeting anyone on the pale and washed-out Tibetan plateau of Kekexili, the highest and largest plateau in the world. It's an unusual day for Jinpa, a driver who drives alone through the harsh landscape with a truck full of O Sole Mio sounds coming out of a well-used tape recorder. The man with the appearance of an eternal hippie and with dark glasses on his eyes, will first hit and kill a sheep and then offer a ride to a lonely wandering traveller. The reticent passenger's name is also Jinpa and before he gets off at a crossroads he reveals that he went on a journey to kill a man. The driver cannot forget this declaration and decides to follow in the footsteps of his mysterious namesake. Built from picturesque snapshots, Jinpa is a mystical meditation on human fate, life and death, infused with melancholy and gentle humour. The film, which also features elements of a road movie and westerns, won the Best Screenplay Award at the Orrizonti section of the Venice Festival, where it had its world premiere.

Marcin Krasnowolski


Venice IFF 2018 – Best Screenplay (Venice Horizons Award); Tokyo FILMeX 2018 – Special Jury Prize

Pema Tseden

A Tibetan director, writer and screenwriter born in 1969. The first Tibetan to graduate from the prestigious Beijing Film Academy. His feature debut, The Silent Holy Stones, was the first film in the Tibetan language with a film crew entirely consisting of Tibetans. His films have been screened and awarded at many international festivals. He has published over 50 short stories and novels, written in both Tibetan and Mandarin, which have been translated into many languages.

Selected filmography

2005 Lhing vjags kyi ma ni rdo vbum / The Silent Holy Stone

2009 Poszukiwana / Xunzhao zhimei gengdeng / The Search

2010 Khyi rgan / Old Dog

2014 Yangdar / The Sacred Arrow

2015 Tharlo

Cast & Crew

director Pema Tseden
screenplay Pema Tseden
cinematography Lu Songye
editing Jin Di, Chakdor Kyab
music Lim Giong, Point
cast Jinpa, Genden Phuntsok, Sonam Wangmo
producer Wong Kar-Wai, Jacky Pang
production Tone Films Ltd. (Szanghaj), Shanghai Tang Dynasty Communications Co., Ltd. Qinghai Mani Stone Pictures Co., Ltd. Master China Films Ltd. (Pekin)
Polish distributor Pięć Smaków Kino Azji
language Tibetan
colouration colour