Synopsis: Filmed over seven months in the forbidden Dolpo region of Nepal, HIMALAYA tells the story of a generational struggle for the leadership of a tiny mountain village between its proud old chief and a headstrong young caravanner. The balance of power shifts uneasily as they make their annual salt trek across the Himalayas.
A visually striking and spiritually captivating portrait of life in one of the world’s most extraordinary places, HIMALAYA is both intense drama and a gorgeous tapestry of the fast disappearing traditions of Tibetan life.
A huge box office hit in Europe, HIMALAYA also enjoyed great popular success in the U.S., where it remained on the VARIETY top film box office chart for over six months.
Olivier DazatLouis Gardel
Eric Valli (screenplay)
Winner: Audience Award, Canberra Short Film Festival, 2000
Nominated: DFWFCA Award Best Foreign-Language Film, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards, 2002
Nominated: European Film Award Best Cinematographer, European Film Awards, 2000
Official Selection: Locarno Film Festival, 1999
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival, 1999
Official Selection: Athens Film Festival, 1999
Official Selection: Bergen International Film Festival, 1999
Official Selection: Tokyo International Film Festival, 1999