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Katmandú, un espejo en el cielo (2011)

At the beginning of the 90s, a young Catalan teacher goes to Kathmandu to work at the local school. Soon, she will have to deal with the extreme poverty of the region and the bleak educational system.


(as Iciar Bollaín)


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Cast overview:
Sumyata Bhattarai ...
Norbu Tsering Gurung ...
Kalsang Tamang ...
Riga (as Kalsang Tamang 'Jampa')
Bikram Pariyar ...
Muna Thami ...
Sangita Tamang ...
Aleix Rengel ...
Lluïsa Castell ...
Madre de Laia
Assun Planas ...
Montse Alcoverro ...
Partera (as Montserrat Alcoverro)
Ferran Lahoz ...
Padre de Laia
Andrea Bravo ...
Laia 9 años
Georgina Contreras ...
Inma 15 años
Passión Baltra ...
Inma 5 años


At the beginning of the 90s, Laia, a young and kind Catalan woman volunteers to work as a teacher in a school in Kathmandu. She is a determined person, driven solely by her love for children and she is willing to do whatever is needed to make her dream a reality, that is, to teach the needy and poor children of the slums. By her side stands Sharmila, a competent Nepalese teacher who is helping her with the language barrier, constantly trying to keep the necessary balance between Laia's unstoppable desire for radical change in the educational system and the traditional ways of the local impoverished castes. Already two months have passed when out of the blue, an imminent deportation due to her working visa's expiration becomes first in the long list of Laia's problems, threatening to put an end to her efforts. Against time and a corrupt and sluggish system that demands money, the solution comes in the form of a white marriage of convenience when a helpful monk, Riga, recommends Tsering... Written by Nick Riganas

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system | teacher | catalan | school | monk | See All (11) »


Based On The True Story Of Vicky Sherpa.


Drama | Romance






Release Date:

3 February 2012 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Canción de Katmandú  »

Box Office


€4,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Maribel Verdú was considered for the lead. See more »


Laia: Have you gone crazy, Riga?
Riga: See, if the door is closed and you can't get out through the wall, open a window!
Laia: Who said that? The Buddha?
Riga: No, I heard it in a song.
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