3 SAARC Film Festival Awards to Nepal, for Kali Pothi and Dying Candle

In the 2017 edition of the SAARC Film Festival, three awards were awarded to Nepali film. In the recent announcement, two movies ‘Dying Candel’ and ‘Kalo Pothi’ (Black Hen) won three of the 14 awards announced today.

While Bhupendra Adhikari’s movie ‘Dying Candle’ was awarded the Best Editing award, ‘Kalo Pothi’ won Best Film Open Award and Background Score awards.

The best film award was awarded to Sri Lankan film ‘Let Her Cry’. The award tally by country are:

  • India – 3 Awards
  • Sri Lanka – 4 Awards
  • Afganistan – 2 Awards
  • Maldives – 1 Award
  • Bangaladesh – 1 Award
  • Nepal – 3 Awards
  • Pakistan – 0 Awards
  • Bhutan – 0 Awards

The winner editor Bhupendra Adhikari had edited feature films like ‘Ke Ma Timro Hoina ra’, ‘Prem Geet 2’ and ‘Nirbhaya’ in the past. Bhupendra is awarded the Best Editor award for his role in supporting the director with smooth storytelling and focusing on the main characters in a film shot in limited locations and over a short period of time.

The Best Original Score award was awarded to Jason Knuwan of ‘Kalo Pothi’ for its restrained use of traditional music to underscore the narrative of the movie.
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Did Keki win the photography award at Critics Award 2017? (watch winning films)

No she didn’t.

But, the photo of herself biting on the award medal, she shared in her Instagram, surely qualifies her to win an award. Don’t you think so?

The Films Critics Society of Nepal (FICSON) has distributed the Critics Award for the last three years in a program held in Kathmandu. The awards for the year 2071, 2072 and 2073 were distributed in the event. Although the award is distributed this year, the Critics Award 2015 was announced in 2015. (news of Critics Award 2015)

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Kalo Pothi piracy – live in Facebook

The award winning film, ‘Kalo Photi’ has become another victim of piracy. The movie was pirated in file sharing sites and was recently been live broadcasted in Facebook. The movie was appreciated by the Nepali viewers and was liked in various film festivals in different countries. The movie was pirated at the time the film team was planning to show the movie in different countries.

According to report, the movie was pirated through the Facebook page of Nepali TV UK. The director of the movie, Min Bahadur Bham had commented asking to stop the video. Now, the video is removed from the Facebook page. According to Bham, he is planning to recover the damage from the parties involved in the piracy of the movie.

Although the movie is removed from Facebook, it is still available in file sharing websites. I hope to share the movie as soon as the official version of the movie is released online. Let’s wait till then.

About ‘Kalo Pothi’

The movie ‘Kalo Pothi’ was featured in the 72nd Venice Film Festival and had won the Critics Week award. The movie is made on the story of two kids during the Maoist people’s war.
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Kalo Pothi recommended for Oscars 2017 Nomination

The Nepali movie to represent in the Foreign Language Film nomination in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Oscars Awards 2017 is ‘Kalo Pothi’. The movie was selected by the evaluation committee in Nepal. The movie selection committee at the Film Development Board had evaluated the applications from three movies, ‘Pashupati Prasad’, ‘Ko Afno’ and ‘Kalo Pothi’.

According to the selection committee, the movies were evaluated on the evaluation criteria set by Oscars Award. The criteria include the technical aspect, story telling, evaluation of the characters and artistic presentation.

‘Kalo Pothi’ had participated in various film festivals and had won some awards in them. The movie released in June this year had also received a positive response from the viewers.

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Kalo Pothi, Pashupati Prasad and Ko Afno applied for Oscar nominations in foreign film category

The Oscars Award selection committee in Nepal has to select one Nepali movie out of the three applications to send to Oscars Award ceremony to be held on February 28, 2017. The movie will compete against all the foreign language movies received by Oscars Award to be nominated for the final award.

The movie ‘Kalo Pothi’ was released in June of 2016 and was successful in winning the hearts of the movie goers. In addition to being popular, the movie had participated in a lot of film festivals and had won various awards in them. The award winning starting with the script itself as it had won Rs. 5.5 million award. The movie had participated in film festivals including Busan Film Festival and Venice Film Festival (winning the Critics Week Award at the Venice Film Festival.)
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Friday Release – Kalo Pothi and Chhesko

Two new Nepali movies ‘Kalo Pothi’ and ‘Chhesko’ have released in theater on June 3, 2016. The moves are targeted to different types of viewers. ‘Chhesko’ introduces Archana Paneru in Nepali movie industry and is targeted to the viewers who are looking for glamour in the movies. In the other hand ‘Kalo Pothi’ is targeted to the serious viewers who want quality story and story presentation.

Kalo Pothi

The movie ‘Kalo Pothi’ is an award winning movie that had participated in a lot of film festivals and had won various awards. Starting with the script (script had won Rs. 5.5 million) the movie was selected in various prestigious film festivals including Busan Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. It had also won the Critics Week Award in Venice Film Festival.

‘Kalo Pothi’ is directed by Min Bahadur Bham and features Sukra Raj Rokya, Khadka Raj Nepali, Jit Bahadur Malla, Hansha Khadka, Benisha Hamal, Bipin Karki and others. The script of the movie is written by Abinash Bikram Shah and Min Bahadur Bham.

The trailer of ‘Kalo Pothi’

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Kalo Pothi wins best film award at Venice Film Festival Critics Week (trailer)

The Nepali movie premiered in Venice Film Festival, ‘Kalo Pothhi’ has been awarded the Best Film award at the Critics Week at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The festival was held from 2nd September to 12 September, 2015. The festival organized by Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDEORA) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world.

After winning the award, the director Min Bahadur Bham has told, “I want to dedicate this award to the my beautiful but torn country and my fellow Nepalese. I pray that peace prevails in my county and end the political crisis.” In the thank you speech, Bham has also remembered his late mother who had passed away recently.

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Kalo Pothi premiered in Venice Film Festival

Nepali movie ‘Kalo Pothi’ (The Black Hen) was premiered in a Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 5, 2015. To be premiered in the festival, considered to be one of the oldest film festivals in the world, is an honor to the Nepali film. This year’s Venice Film Festival is the 72nd edition of the festival.

The movie ‘Kalo Pothi’, a story of two kids during the hardship of Maoist civil war in Nepal, is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. The movie however doesn’t support any political views. The movie mostly shot in Mugu featues Khadka Raj Nepali, Benisha Hamal and Sukra Raj Rokaya. The director, Min Bahadur Bham, says that he has no immediate plans to release the movie in Nepal. The movie was produced in collaboration of the producers from Germany, Switzerland and France. The cinematographer Aziz Zhambakiyev had previously won an award on cinematography in Berlin Film Festival.

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Laaz and Kalo Pothi to be featured in Busan Film Festival

Two Nepali movies are going to be featured in the 20th edition of Busan International Film Festival to be held at Busan, South Korea. The festival starting on October 1.

The movie to be featured in the festival are ‘Kalo Pothi’ (The Black Hen) by Min Bahadur Bham and a short film named ‘Laaz’ (The Shame) by Sushan Prajapati.

‘Kalo Pothi’ will be one of the 51 feature films to be screened from 32 different Asian countries in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ category. The 1 hour and 30 minutes long movie is made on the civil war in Nepal. The movie featuring Khadka Raj Nepali, Benisha Hamal and Sukra Raj Rokaya was shot in Mugu. The movie will also be featured in the 72nd Venice International Film Festival. (Click here for the details on the movie in the official site of the festival)

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The script of ‘Kalo Pothi’ awarded Rs. 5.5 million cash prize

The director of ‘Basulli’, the movie chosen to be featured in Venice Film Festival, Min Bahadur Bham is awarded a cash prize equivalent to Rs. 55 lakh after wining an script competition. He has won the Swiss government (SDC) script competition of value $60,000. The prize amount is the production fund awarded to Min Bahadur to produce the movie.

The story and the script of the movie titled ‘Kalo Pothi’ is written by the director Min Bahadur himself. The movie is going to be made on the geography and life style of Karnali area. The artists of the film are yet to be finalized.

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