White Sun (Seto Surya)


Rafael 3 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 3:30 PM
Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 15, 2017 6:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:87 min.
Director:Deepak Rauniyar
Producer:Deepak Rauniyar
Joslyn Barnes
Tsering Rhitar Sherpa
Michel Merkt
Screenwriter:Deepak Rauniyar
David Barker
Cinematographer:Mark O'Fearghail
Editor:David Barker
Cast:Dayahang Rai
Asha Magrati
Rabindra Singh Baniya
Sumi Malla
Amrit Pariyar
Note Writer:Brian Karl


Immersed in a gorgeous natural setting amid the textures of a rural mountain locale, White Sun unfolds complex political and interpersonal relationships in the still-unsettled aftermath of a long Maoist revolution in Nepal. Deceptively quiet but simmering with underlying tensions that threaten to erupt, the soundtrack is punctuated by radio broadcasts of the recalcitrant political situation in the larger country. A wounded soldier returning home amidst the seemingly idyllic beauty is confronted by conflicts over the burial of his recently deceased father and more personal domestic tensions. Shot from a variety of perspectives, a roving camera alternates images of great lucidity with partially obscured scenes set in darkness and subdued shadows. A difficult to dispose of corpse, unexploded ordinance, the brief flash of wedding festivities, and children of uncertain parentage are woven into the larger drama of villagers playing out differences between long-standing traditional customs and a highly fraught attempt at a new order.