Paths of the Soul

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China | 2015 | 115 minutes | Zhang Yang

Chinese auteur Zhang Yang follows a group of Tibetan villagers as they brave the elements, earthquakes, and indifferent truck drivers during their gripping 13,000-mile "bowing pilgrimage" to the holy city of Lhasa.

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In a small Tibetan village, Nyima and his uncle Yang decide to undertake a "bowing pilgrimage" to the holy city of Lhasa and the sacred Kang's Mountain. Joining them is a group of 11 people. They set out on a journey lasting months through all kinds of weather over a distance of 2,000 kilometers on foot. Wearing large aprons of animal skin as well as wooden blocks on their hands for protection, they lay their bodies flat on the ground after every few steps. This Buddhist ritual is partly intended as penance and partly for the peace of mind of others. Each traveler is on this journey for a specific reason: One needs to cleanse bad family karma; another, a butcher, wants to wash the animals' bloodstains from his soul; another pilgrim, sensing the end is near, hopes that prayers and prostrations will break the chain of cause and effect determined by his life's actions. Shot in a documentary style over the course of an entire year, director Zhang Yang (Full Circle, SIFF 2013) worked without a script and used non-professional actors. The result is one of the most gripping and thought-provoking road movies in the history of cinema.

Director Biography
Zhang Yang is a director and screenwriter who studied at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. He made his directorial debut with the film Spicy Love Soup in 1997 and has gone on to direct award-winning and critically acclaimed films including Sunflower, which won Best Director at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and Full Circle (SIFF, 2013).

Sponsored by China Stars, WASA North America Group, Hainan Airlines

  • Original Language Title: Kang Rinpoche
  • Director: Zhang Yang
  • Principal Cast: Yang Pei, Nyima Zadui, Tsewang Dolkar, Tsring Chodron, Seba Jiangcuo
  • Country: China
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 115 minutes
  • Producer: Zhang Yang
  • Screenplay: Zhang Yang
  • Cinematographers: Guo Daming
  • Editors: Wei Le
  • Music: Zhao Nan, Yang Jiang
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Full Circle (2012); Driverless (2010); Getting Home (2007); Sunflower (2005); Quitting (2001); Shower (1999); Spicy Love Soup (1997)
  • Language: Tibetan
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Icarus Films
  • International Sales: Asian Shadows