“Unassuming but accomplished… a beautifully judged picture from a director to note” – Screen International
In the serene, unforgiving wilderness of Tibet, uneducated sheepherder Tharlo lives a life of quiet work and simple pleasure. But when he’s ordered to report to the nearest town so that he can be photographed for an ID card, Tharlo is brought face-to-face with the relentless rush of urban existence.
The latest work from Tibetan phenomenon Pema Tseden (whose previous film Old Dog was nominated for best cinematography in the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards), Tharlo is an impeccably assured fable on fading tradition and a vanishing people. Shot in lustrous black-and-white and filled with unforgettable imagery, it transports us to another world, and an entirely different way of being.