Thu 28 October 6:00pm
PLEASE NOTE: This screening has a socially distanced seating plan.
Director: Pema Tseden
Starring: Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Yangshik Tso
The Tibetan plateau in the 1980s. No more condoms. No more children allowed. No easy answers. A lyrical and beguiling film from one of the world’s finest directors. Sex, faith and politics collide in Pema Tseden‘s exceptional new film.
When Drolkar’s (Sonam Wangmo) two boisterous youngest sons blow up the household’s few remaining condoms, mistaking them for balloons, she’s left with an impossible decision.
China has just introduced its One Child Policy and with three children already, there’s no way she can have another. But her husband, Dargye (Jinpa), is still as horny as one of his prize rams…
Tseden deftly balances his challenging subject matter with moments of gentle humour and great tenderness.
With its cool colour palette, attentive handheld camerawork, and painterly passages that seem to transpire somewhere between this world and the next, Balloon approaches its weighty themes with a sense of wonder and features scene stealing performances from the two young boys.
we are delighted to screen balloon with a pre-recorded Q&A with director pema tseden
In Tibetan with English subtitles
★★★★ “SPIRITUAL AND TRANSFORMATIVE” The Guardian
“A GORGEOUSLY INTIMATE FAMILY DRAMA” Variety