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Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef
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Release Date:
15 December 1999 (Belgium) See more »
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In a world of breathtaking beauty unfolds a classic tale of wisdom and adventure.
Plot:
An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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The simple plot, told in every culture that has any notion of the grandeur of place and power, is a grand design of human struggle and triumph, figuratively and realistically represented in the salt caravans See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Thilen Lhondup ... Tinle
Gurgon Kyap ... Karma
Lhakpa Tsamchoe ... Pema
Karma Wangel ... Passang
Karma Tensing ... Norbou / Urgien
Labrang Tundup ... Labrang
Jampa Kalsang Tamang ... Jampa

Tsering Dorjee ... Rabkie
Rapke Gurung ... Tundup
Pemba Bika ... Tensing
Karma Chhewang ... Meme / Paljor
Tenzen Charka ... Chopga
Yangzom ... Dawa
Gyalsen Gurung ... Chewan
Phuti Bika ... Deld
Sangmo Gurung ... Angmo
Karma Angbu Gurung ... Karma's father
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Directed by
Eric Valli 
Michel Debats (collaborating director)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nathalie Azoulai  writer
Olivier Dazat  writer
Louis Gardel  writer
Jean-Claude Guillebaud  writer
Eric Valli  screenplay

Produced by
Christophe Barratier .... producer
Mick Csaky .... associate producer
Mick Csaky .... co-producer
Jean de Trégomain .... executive producer
Jean de Trégomain .... line producer
Danièle Delorme .... associate producer
Danièle Delorme .... co-producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz .... associate producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz .... co-producer
Jean Labadie .... associate producer
Jean Labadie .... co-producer
Jacques Perrin .... producer
Yves Robert .... associate producer
Yves Robert .... co-producer
Neer Bikram Shah .... associate producer
Neer Bikram Shah .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Guichard 
Jean-Paul Meurisse 
 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
 
Casting by
Gabrielle Beroff 
Sophie Blanchouin 
Sylvie Brocheré 
 
Production Design by
Jérôme Krowicki 
 
Art Direction by
Tenzin Norbu Lama 
 
Costume Design by
Michel Debats 
Karma Tundup Gurung 
 
Makeup Department
Michèle Carmitrand .... hair designer
Michèle Carmitrand .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Olli Barbé .... unit manager
Jean de Trégomain .... production manager
Hugues Deniset .... assistant unit manager
Jean-Baptiste Leclère .... unit production manager
Renan Marzin .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Debats .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Michel Debats .... property master
Marc Fivel .... assistant decorator
Alain Fretzel .... painter
Fabienne Haertling .... painter
Maxime Rebière .... storyboard artist
Thomas Rollin .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Fabien Adelin .... assistant sound mixer
Stéphane Albinet .... sound
Michel Crivellaro .... assistant sound editor
Denis Guilhem .... sound
Vincent Lefebvre .... sound assistant
Bernard Leroux .... sound mixer
Alain Lévy .... assistant foley artist
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Denis Martin .... sound
Francis Perrard .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Francis Perreard)
Gina Pignier .... supervising sound editor
Hervé Roux .... sound consultant: D.T.S.
Jean-Guy Veran .... sound mixer: making-of
 
Special Effects by
Jean-Marc Mouligne .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Fabien Girodot .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sylvain Bardoux .... key grip
Olivier Barré .... gaffer
Richard Brodet .... electrician: Paris
Sylvie Carcedo .... first assistant camera
Nasr Djepa .... first assistant camera
Luc Drion .... camera operator
Claude Garnier .... camera operator
Florent Geslin .... grip: Paris
Patrick Ghiringhelli .... first assistant camera
Debra Kellner .... still photographer
Pascal Launay .... electrician: Paris
Vincent Muller .... second assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Colette Beltran .... assistant editor
Irène Cohen-Aguerre .... first assistant editor
Sou Klein .... assistant editor
Delphine Lermite .... editor trainee
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Gerard Savary .... color timer
 
Music Department
Jean-Philippe Audin .... musician: cello
Christophe Barratier .... musician: guitar
Jean-Paul Batailley .... musician: drums
Raoul Duflot-Vérez .... musician: piano (as Raoul Duflot)
Laurent Julia .... musician: drums
Paul Lavergne .... music consultant
Didier Lizé .... music engineer
Michel Peyratout .... musician: bass
Slim Pezin .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
Nicole Devaux .... production assistant
Claire Dornoy .... production assistant
Paulette Materne .... production administrator
Claude Morice .... production administrator
Eva Simonet .... press attache
Diane Summers .... production coordinator: Himalaya
Jean-Luc Tesson .... production assistant
Sophie Zuber .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" - France (original title)
"Caravan" - Canada (English title) (festival title)
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108 min
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Trivia:
The director, in the commentary on the DVD, says that he was inspired by the book "Caravan Towards Buddha" by Andre Migot. This book was titled "CARAVANE VERS BOUDDHA" when it was published in 1954, but can now only be found under its alternate (English) title, "Tibetan Marches" (translated by Peter Fleming). See also "Au Tibet sur les traces du Bouddha (Collection Itinéraires)" by André Migot.See more »
Quotes:
Tinle:You know, sometimes I've felt like telling the lamas where to go. A real chief always starts by disobeying.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cinemania (2002)See more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The simple plot, told in every culture that has any notion of the grandeur of place and power, is a grand design of human struggle and triumph, figuratively and realistically represented in the salt caravans, 5 December 2001
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

I have climbed up a glacier in New Zealand and down a mountain in Switzerland, and it was rough going for a middle-aged film critic. However, truly rough it can be if you're old, live in the Himalayas, and need to spend a couple of weeks taking your yak and salt to get some grain for winter survival.

Photographer Eric Valli's beautiful epic film `Himalaya' is the first Nepalese film to be nominated (in 1999) for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is also a heroic fable of a small community's struggle to change the guard from old to young and retain the respect of the gods. The simple plot, told in every culture that has any notion of the grandeur of place and power, may deceive some into thinking this a small cliched film. It is rather a grand design of human struggle and triumph, figuratively and realistically represented in the salt caravans that still traverse the majestic Himalayan Mountains in Tibet.

When one of the caravans tries to cut off 4 days by attempting a route reserved for the devils, the ensuing danger as yaks and humans walk the narrow path is so beautiful and harrowing that my glacier experience looks now like a picnic. Blue sky above, blue water below, and a path so dangerous indeed the gods themselves would have second thoughts. Valli's cinemascope is the perfect medium to catch the overpowering mountains and miniscule stones, both instruments of the terrible powers those gods still wield in this other world.

The actors are handsome locals, and the story is right out of Shakespeare and Howard Hawks. See this film before you get too old to breathe its artistic air.

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