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VARA: A BLESSING

Directed by Khyentse Norbu
FEATURE NARRATIVE 96 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE VARA: A BLESSING
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
Drama, Dance
About the Director(s)
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.
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Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2013
  • Length:
    96 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Screenwriter:
    Khyentse Norbu
  • Cinematographer:
    Bradford Young
  • Director:
    Khyentse Norbu
  • Composer:
    Nitin Sawhney
  • Executive Producer:
    Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, Jeremy Thomas, Suresh Jindal
  • Producer:
    Nanette Nelms
  • Editor:
    William Chang
  • Cast:
    Shahana Goswami, Devesh Ranjan, Rohit Raj, Pankaj Pawan, Geeta Chandran, Swaroopa Ghoosh, Rajah Ganneshan

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