"Transporting … Shimmering ... Golden Kingdom is a more intimate appreciation of Buddhism than Martin Scorsese’s rapturous 'Kundun' or Bernardo Bertolucci’s 'Little Buddha'." - Guy Lodge, Variety
FLJS Films is pleased to present a special screening of Golden Kingdom, the acclaimed first international feature film to be produced in Myanmar since its reopening. The film's director, Brian Perkins, will discuss the film and its genesis, which included a campaign to partly crowdfund its production.
Set and shot in a remote monastery in Shan State — a region in which separatists have fought a decades-long war against the Myanmar government — Golden Kingdom follows the story of four young monks, each endearingly and intelligently played by local non-professional actors. When their simple life of meditation and play is interrupted by an urgent call to engage with the vastly more threatening environment of the country at large, the film depicts the physical and spiritual journey of one of the boys through the troubled country as civil strife breaks out.
Touching on themes of displacement and the quest for safe passage and refuge, and featuring exquisitely evocative sound design by Oscar nominee David C. Hughes (GONE GIRL, HER), Golden Kingdom subtly alludes to the wider geopolitical currents emerging in Myanmar, while avoiding easy answers in its enigmatic exploration of the beauty, spirituality, and fortitude of the country and its people.
Watch a trailer and reserve your place at: http://www.fljs.org/golden-kingdom
We invite attendees to donate to the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Rohingya Refugee Crisis appeal to provide vital healthcare to Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar.
"Compelling and elegantly crafted throughout, and hugely evocative of an enclosed world with its own lore and beliefs." - Jonathan Romney, Screen International