The Black Hen
The Black Hen (12A)
Director: Min Bahadur Bham
Starring: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla
Nepal/France/Germany/Switzerland, 2015, 1 hour 30 minutes, subtitles
A rare chance to see a delightful Nepali film set in the awesome Himalayas during the Maoist insurgency. Despite belonging to different castes and social creeds, Prakesh and Kiran are best friends. The boys devise a plan to make some money by raising a hen and selling its eggs. When Prakesh’s father sells the hen, the boys’ friendship is put to the test as they set out to retrieve their prized bird. With engaging central performances and the most fabulous mountain backdrop this deftly mixes moments of humour and tragedy to create an evocative combination of high drama and social commentary.
“poised storytelling, heartrending performances and cinematic imagery galore.” Hollywood Reporter
Winner Feodara International Film Critics Award for Best Film Venice Film Festival 2015