Tiger Teaser #3: White Sun
We are heading towards Planet IFFR at high velocity. Major Tiger occasionally gets into contact with Ground Control to report on what he sees through his telescope. Today we present you the third Tiger Teaser: a preview of the programme for IFFR 2017. After hit-film-to-be American Honeyand comedy-meets-horror Prevenge, we may announce a film that was produced in no fewer than four countries.
Deepak Rauniyar’s White Sun came into being in Nepal, the USA, Qatar and The Netherlands and premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The film partly came about with help of IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund (the project was selected for script and project development support in 2013) and is one of the Limelight-titles for upcoming festival edition. Recently there has been more good news for Nepali filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar, as his new film A King has been selected for this year’s CineMart, our co-production market.
Chandra, a Maoist who fought against the regime in Nepal, receives a welcome that is anything but warm when he returns to his village. The ritual in which his recently deceased father has to be carried down the mountain to be cremated at its base exposes the deep scars left by the civil war.
Ten years of civil war in Nepal end. The victorious Maoist rebels draw up a new constitution based on all citizens being equal. But suspicion and resentment die hard. As do ancient traditions – and the persistent problems of the caste system and the oppression of women.
Former guerrilla Chandra faces this when he returns home upon the death of his father. Accompanying the body to the cremation, he gets into a fight with his brother, leaving the bier stranded half way up the mountain. Chandra looks for help from the police, his former comrades in arms and other villagers, but to no avail.
A story that could easily have turned into a moralistic melodrama, but director Deepak Rauniyar keeps a perfect balance. The collective trauma of the war is reflected in personal tensions; national politics seeps into village life. The sublime Dayanhanc Rai plays Chandra, absorbing the blows in a half-resigned, half-frustrated way.