The Cup, Kekexili and Delamu among highlights of festival of Himalaya film and culture

The Cup, Kekexili and Delamu among highlights of festival of Himalaya film and culture


Part of Scotland’s first festival of Himalayan film and culture, this short season is a reminder just how many great films have come out of them there hills. The season kicks off with Eric Valli’s overlooked 1999 adventure yarn Himalaya and includes arthouse favourites The Cup and Kekexili: Mountain Patrol and excellent documentaries Delamu and Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion. Ticket offers available.

Visit for more information. Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 14-Sat 22 May.

The Cup

  • 4 stars
  • 1999
  • Australia
  • 1h 33min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Khyentse Norbu
  • Cast: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro

This simple, humorous and humane film scores a hat trick of firsts: first film directed by a lama, in the Tibetan language with a cast soley comprised of monks. And it's about football, specifically the footy fever that grips the monks of Chokling Monastery during the 1998 World Cup.


  • 2000
  • France/Switzerland/UK/Nepal
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Eric Valli
  • Written by: Jean-Claude Guillebaud,, Eric Valli,, Louis Gardel
  • Cast: Tsering Dorjee,, Thilen Lhondup,, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe

In the high mountains of the Himalayas, a village prepares for the annual yak caravan to market. However, the young chieftain has been killed and the old clan head refuses to recognise the hot-headed Karma as his successor. A worthy insight into the lives of a hardy people. The landscape is breathtakingly shot, and the…

Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Lion

  • 2003
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Peosay

A moving and disturbing documentary about the reality of life for Tibetans, who, since 1950, have lived under the oppressively violent shadow of Beijing.

Mountain Patrol (Kekexili)

  • 4 stars
  • 2005
  • China/Hong Kong
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lu Chuan
  • Cast: Duobuji, Zhang Lei, Qi Liang

An epic real-life drama about Tibetan volunteers attempting to protect the indigenous antelope from extinction by Chinese poachers. Pitted against treacherous nature, the moral ambiguity of both sides shines through in thrilling action sequences and striking images.


  • 2004
  • China/Japan
  • 1h 50min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tian Zhuangzhuang

Climbing from Western Yunnan through the Himalayas into Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, this documentary introduces the various characters who live in remote villages along the way, including a Tibetan who shares his wife with his brother, and a 104-year-old Nua woman.

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