Happiness

A documentary film about a small boy and how television arrives to  the kingdom of Bhutan. Pyangke, 8, lives with his mother in a small  mountain village in Bhutan. His mother cannot afford to educate him so  he’s sent to a monestary to study to become a monk. Meanwhile the  king of Bhutan is finally legalising television broadcasting in his  kingdom. The western popular culture arrives to Bhutan and to Pyangke’s  home villages.

Festivals

IDFA « Masters » section November 2013 – World Premiere
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, USA, 16.-26.1.2014
DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, 28.1.-2.2.2014
ZagrebDox, Croatia, 23.2.-2.3.2014
Screening at Danish Film School – part of EDN’s Doc Marathon, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1.3.2014
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 3.-12.3.2014
Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, 6.-23.3.2014
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century, Greece, 14.-23.3.2014
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Washington, USA, 18.-30.3.2014
Cleveland Film Festival, USA, 19.-30.3.2014
Chop Shots Documentary Film Festival Southeast Asia, Jakarta, 22.-27.4.2014
Hot Docs – Canadian International Documentary Festival, Canada, 24.4.-4.5.2014
San Francisco International Film Festival, USA, 24.

Awards

Sundance Film Festival, Park City, USA, 16.-26.1.2014
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary

Trento Film Festival, Italy, 25.4.-6.5.2014
Jury’s Prize

Documentary Edge Festival, Auckland & Wellington, New Zealand, 22.5.-15.6.2014
Best Sign of the Times

MakeDox – Creative Documentary Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, 14.-20.6.2014
Onion Seed Award

International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana, Perm, Russia, 21.-28.9.2014
Silver Nanook Award for Original Artistic Solution

Kyiv International Documentary Film Festival “Kinolitopys”, Ukraine, 26.-30.9.2014
Kyiv Film Award – Best Director

Sheffield Doc/Fes, UK
Youth Jury’s special mention at Sheffiled Doc/Fest, 7.-12.6.2014.

Crew

Director

Thomas Balmes

Production

Margot Films, Quark productions & Making Movies Oy

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