Rent Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019)

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1h 45min
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Synopsis:
When a daydreaming but discontented young teacher is posted to a school in Lunana, a remote village high in the Himalayan mountains, he is disheartened to find a simple yak herding community lacking basic amenities such as electricity or even a blackboard in the classroom. But the enthusiasm of his young students and the unassuming warmth of the village folk buoy his spirits and he must decide whether to return to the city before the gruelling winter sets in or remain in this strange and captivating land.
Beautifully photographed in extraordinary mountain locations, this poetic and enchanting drama earned Bhutan the country's first ever Oscar nomination and gives a fascinating insight into a region largely uncharted on screen.
Actors:
Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung, Pem Zam, Sangay Lham, Chimi Dem, Sangay Letho, Namgay Lham, Dorji Choden, Dorji Dem, Dorji Lhaden, Sangay Choden, Kunzang Wangdi, Tshering Dorji, Tsheri Zom, Dorji Om, Tshering Zangmo, Sonam Tashi, Tashi Dema, Tandin Sonam
Directors:
Pawo Choyning Dorji
Producers:
Pawo Choyning Dorji, Jia Honglin, Stephanie Lai, Shaokun Xiang
Writers:
Pawo Choyning Dorji
Aka:
Lunana
Studio:
Peccadillo Pictures
Genres:
Children & Family, Drama
Countries:
Bhutan
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/05/2023
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
Dzongkha Audio Description, Dzongkha Dolby Digital 2.0, Dzongkha Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Pem Zam's Audition
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/05/2023
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Dzongkha Audio Description, Dzongkha Dolby Digital 2.0, Dzongkha DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Pem Zam's Audition
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (6) of Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

BEAUTIFUL FILM WITH STUNNING SCENERY AND MANY MOVING SCENES. - Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom review by GF

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19/07/2023

This was a deserved Oscar nominee for Best International Film the year before last, so I was expecting a lot and was not disappointed! Set in the little known kingdom of Bhutan it follows a young male teacher who travels to what may be the most remote school in the world as a new placement. He finds himself in a village of around 60 people and a school of nine pupils. Most of the villagers are yak herders, hence the title. The scenery is unique and breathtaking, the performances including those from non actors are moving and convincing and the film is moving and amusing in different parts. A must see for whose who enjoy watching the best cinematic offerings from around the world.

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Universal themes - Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom review by MB

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22/07/2023

A beautiful film on a not particularly original topic (learning what's really important in life)but well acted and directed plus stunning scenery.

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A perfect film - Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom review by Peter B

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28/08/2023

This is such a beautiful film about a remote village in Bhutan. It mirrors my experience spending time in distant parts of Nepal. People battered by life events but calmly philosophical about life, full of kindness and fun. Children with little, who seem so much happier than those in rich countries. Beautiful story, fantastic acting and brilliant photography. Watch it. Better still, visit the Himalayas and trek or raft into wilderness, and experience the beauty yourself.

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