The Monk

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The Monk

 

by The Maw Naing

Myanmar

 

The Monk

Director: The Maw Naing

Screenplay: Aung Min

Cinematographer: Tin Win Naing

Editing: Zaw Win Htwe

Sound: Sai Kong Kham, Jan Richtr

Cast: Kyaw Nyi Thu, Han Newe Nyein, Thein Swe Myint, Moe San

Production: FAMU
Vit Janecek
One Point Zero
Czech television
Film Centre

Contact: Zuzana Bielikova
Negativ Film Productions
Ostrovni 30
110 00 Prague 1
République Tchèque
Tél. : +420 224 933 755
Fax. : +420 224 933 472
Mobile : +420 608 141 437
zuzana@negativ.cz

Year: 2014

DCP, Color, 91 min, v.o. birman with English Subtitles,
Electronic Subtitles

French Subtitles

Young boy Zawana enters the monastery of a small village run by U Dharma. He feels very attracted to a village young girl and doubts about his religious commitment; however he gradually becomes very fond of the old monk yet very demanding. The monastery meets big financial problems, a young monk drawn by Yangoon’s mirages leaves the monastery and the old monk falls seriously sick. Someone must take care of him and of the whole community. Zawana realizes he must take up the challenge. In this film coproduced with Czech FAMU, old demanding monk U Dharma embodies a traditional form of Buddhism while Zawana represents a lively Buddhism rooted in reality. The film shows magnificent images of a country where dictatorship gave little chance to auteur cinema until now.

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