Pema Tseden’s Film ‘Jinpa’ Wins Best Screenplay Award in Venice

Ace Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden’s film called ‘Jinpa’ was awarded the best screenplay at the recently concluded Orizzonti (Horizons) program of the 75th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday. Jinpa, a road movie from the Tibetan director premiered on the international platform in Venice attracting praises from critics and audiences alike.

“Chinese film “Jinpa” by Tibetan director Pema Tseden won best screenplay in the Orizzonti (Horizons) program of the 75th Venice International Film Festival which closed on Saturday.” said the report in Chinese official media adding that, It is the only Chinese film to win an award at the prestigious Venice festival this year.

The screenplay of ‘Jinpa’, written by its director Pema Tseden has put two short stories together; one is “The Killer” by Tibetan writer Tsering Norbu, and the other is Pema Tseden’s own short story “I Ran Over a Sheep.”. The movie revolves around a man’s journey on road where his car runs over a sheep. It’s an enjoyable, teasing and very sly-humoured watch with a charismatic lead and arresting visuals.

After receiving the award onstage, director Pema Tseden said, “For me, standing here to receive this award is an especially glorious moment. Thanks to the jury and thanks to the investors, cast members and my creative team for completing this film with me and fulfilling our dreams.”

Jinpa is the fifth feature from director Pema Tseden, whose films include The Silent Holy Stones (2006) and Tharlo, a 2015 entry in Venice’s Orizzonti section. The 75th Venice International Film Festival closed with Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” winning the festival’s Golden Lion. Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” scored two big awards — the Grand Jury Prize, the fest’s second-most prestigious prize, and the best actress (Olivia Colman).

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