Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE CUP
(Ph?rpa)

Year: 1999
Country: BHUTAN
Language: Tibetan, Hindi
Run Time: 93 minutes

As demonstrated by a high-ranking lama himself, Tibetan Buddhists may meditate, pray, and chant most of the day, but they have a great passion for soccer?playing it, watching it, anticipating the games. Against the feverish setting of the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen. Prevented from seeing the Cup finals on TV in a nearby village, Orgyen sets out to rent a TV set for the monastery, an endeavor that becomes a test of solidarity, resourcefulness, and friendship for the students, while the head of the monastery contemplates the challenges of teaching Buddhism in a rapidly changing world.

Screenplay
Khyentse Norbu

Director
Khyentse Norbu

Producer
Malcolm Watson, Raymond Steiner

Cinematography
Paul Warren

Editing
John Scott

Principal Cast
Jamyang Lodro, Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling

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