Presentation by and discussion with composer Bruno Coulais, producer Jacques Perrin and production manager Olli Barbé
Miles from anywhere in the middle of the Himalayas, a village is nestled amidst its fields of barley. Its hardy peasant population ekes out a living from the salt of the Tibetan highlands. Each year, they mine and trade the salt for grain, transporting it far beyond the majestuous mountains, down to the lush, rich valleys of Nepal. The annual trek is fraught with danger, testing the bravery of one and all, transforming these simple mountain folk into heroic trailblazers…
• César award for best music written for a film: Bruno Coulais, 2000 •
• César award for best cinematography: Éric Guichard, 2000 •
Cast & Crew
Director • Eric Valli
Directors of Photography • Jean-Paul Meurisse and Éric Guichard
Screenwriters • Eric Valli and Olivier Dazat
Music Composer • Bruno Coulais
Producer • Jacques Perrin
Executive Producer • Olli Barbé
Thinle Lhondup, Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Gurgon Kyap and Karma Wangel
Choose a picture to see the filmography (source : IMDB)
Director Eric Valli knows the paths that reach the highest Himalayan peaks where the caravaners of Dolpo lead their herds. Over the years and the many trips that took him back to the Dolpo villages, Eric Valli learned their language, became their brother, a witness of their sufferings, and a participant in their happy days. His intimate knowledge of the country was an inestimable asset for the film.
Eric Valli wanted to film a homage to these extraordinary people, survivors of past centuries, unconcerned with our third millennium. Himalaya, l’enfance d’un chef is a look at a high geographical located community remote to ours, where the trees do not grow but where men live the same dramas and are guided by the same basic aspirations we have. How fascinating to go so far in search of adventure, to finally meet one’s neighbor! The best memories, the enriching experiences, the highlights of our lives always relate to moments shared with others, the moments when history becomes human.
Film technicians coming from Paris, men and women of Dolpo, all shared the same life for many months. All thought this film was worth their efforts and all gave the best of themselves.
The film, theirs, gives evidence of this brotherly experience.