Balloon

  • 102'
  • China
  • 2019

Dargye and Drolkar's two boisterous youngest sons have blown up their parents' condoms like balloons. Not only does this outrage the entire village in Tibet in the early 1980s, but more practically: they have no more condoms. The shepherd couple already have three sons, and as China has recently introduced its one-child policy, they can't have any more. But Dargye is as horny as one of his stud rams, so some form of contraception is essential.

Once China's one-child policy was relaxed in 2015 – now permitting two children per family – space opened up for films examining the consequences of the measure. Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden takes a drily comic approach to the subject, captured in deceptively simple handheld footage full of implicit symbolism. In his world, there is no chasm between modernity and tradition; rather, the two gently rub against each other.

Director
Pema Tseden
Country of production
China
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
102'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Qiqiu
Language
Tibetan
Producers
Huang Xufeng, Jacky Pang
Production Companies
Factory Gate Films, Mani Stone Pictures
Sales
Rediance
Cinematography
Lu Songye
Editor
Liao Ching-Sung, Jin Di
Production Design
Daktse Dondrup
Music
Peyman Yazdanian
Cast
Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Yangshik Tso
Local Distributor
September Film