Written and Directed by Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet
Cinematographer: Chintan Rajbhandari
Editors: Chandra - Bindu
Production Designer: Sajan Thapa Magar
Music: Parimal Damai
Sound: Rohit Shakya and Uttam Neupane
5.1 Surround Mix: Uttam Neupane
Cast: Parimal Damai and Chhamkala Damai
Producers: Marie Legrand & Rani Massalha (Le Films Du Tambour)
Prajjwal SJB Rana (Eyecore Films)
Atimaley and Devi’s village is haunted by memories. When a dear friend leaves the village without saying “goodbye”, the old couple faces a dilemma; to keep living with the memories or to leave the village for good?
Why create anything when everything ends as dust and grime? Is it for the sake of remembrance? Is it for the immortality of the subject or the ‘artist’ itself? Or for the hope that our ‘work of art’ will one day come alive and lift our souls from this mess of life ? ‘Dadyaa’ started out as an exercise to test these very themes around an old couple in the highlands of Jumla. But once again, life happened and the wonderful mess around it helped us as directors to draw parallels between our fictious world and the reality that exists in remote Nepal.
Based in Kathmandu, the duo of Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet have been working together for the past 6 years. Their first short film ‘The Contagious Apparitions of Dambarey Dendrite’ was screened in numerous international film festivals including Abu Dhabi, Tampere, Locarno and Kurzfilmtage Winterthur among others. It also won the ‘Golden Comma for Fiction’ at the Alpavirama Short Film Festival in Ahmedabad, India.
‘Dadyaa – The Woodpeckers of Rotha’ is their second short film. Dadyaa had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and has also been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival along with the Busan International Film Festival.
The Duo is working on their first-feature film, The Whole Timers, selected at the Cinefondation L’Atelier of the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and was developed within the Jerusalem International Film Lab.
DMFF Official Selection 2017