Bhutanese film selected for Cannes Film Festival
May 17, 2011
The Container, a Bhutanese-Australian co‐produced film, has been chosen for the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival in France.
According to the director, Jamjang Dorji, the film is based on a true story set in Bhutan in the 1980s. The story revolves around a mother’s devotion to her child. The mother walks for days from a remote community to get medicine for her seriously ill child.
Once there, in a cruel twist of fate, she learns that although medicine is provided for free by the government, she must supply a container. She doesn’t have a bottle and can’t afford to buy one, and the search for a container begins.
Shot in Gaselo, Wangdue, by Sonam Loday, the film stars Deki Yangzom from Travellers and Magicians. The film was produced by Claudia Jamyang and Julia Booth and edited by Heidi Kenesey.
This film is not about a child being sick, but about how as parents we worry about our children even if it is nothing serious, director Jamyang Dorji told in a statement.
The Container is the first Bhutanese short film to be seen at an international film festival. The Short Film Corner selects entrants from thousands of short productions from around the world.
The Container will be screened at Cannes today and tomorrow.
The Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner serves as a showcase of worldwide short productions while providing opportunities for filmmakers to present their works for viewing by industry professionals.
By Namgay Tshering