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Vara: A Blessing


North American Premiere

Bhutan | 96 MINUTES | English | English subtitles


Drama, Dance
Raised in a sheltered village, young Lila yearns for a life devoted to Hindu worship, like that of her mother. But soon she begins to encounter worldly obstacles to her spiritual fulfillment. Guileless, Lila agrees to model for a lowly village boy who hopes to become a sculptor, but she soon attracts the attention of the village landlord’s son, as well as the ever-present gaze of the villagers, unknowingly endangering both of their lives. Khyentse Norbu follows up his internationally-awarded The Cup and Travellers and Magicians with this buoyant look at one young woman’s transition into adulthood. Accented by mesmerizing bursts of classical Indian dance, haunting vocals, and vivid Hindu fantasyscapes, the film stars Indian actress Shahana Goswami.

-Frederic Boyer

This film is co-presented by:


Directed by Khyentse Norbu

Bhutanese filmmaker Khyentse Norbu’s feature directorial debut, The Cup (1999), became an international sensation after its premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Director’s Fortnight. It went on to win critical acclaim and awards at major festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, and Busan. Norbu’s second film, Travelers and Magicians (2003), premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and went on to the Toronto and Busan International Film Festivals.
Khyentse Norbu
Khyentse Norbu
Nanette Nelms
William Chang
Bradford Young
Executive Producer
Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, Jeremy Thomas, Suresh Jindal
Nitin Sawhney
Shahana Goswami, Devesh Ranjan, Rohit Raj, Pankaj Pawan, Geeta Chandran, Swaroopa Ghoosh, Rajah Ganneshan


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