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SAMSARA

Spain · 2023 · Drama · 113 min. · Lao and Swahili with Spanish subtitles.
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Synopsis

Samsara is the Buddhist cycle of death and reincarnation. If a soul leaves one body to find another, what does it feel? how does it sound? The film is structured in two parts: two worlds, two belief systems, two experiences and inner lives. They are connected by a cosmic thread. From the Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang (Laos), and living among teenage monks, we accompany a soul in its transition from one body to another through the bardo. The words of the Tibetan Book of the Dead will guide us, so as not to get lost in the afterlife. A light and sound journey that brings us to being reincarnated on the beaches of Zanzibar (Tanzania) where groups of women work on seaweed farms.

Direction

Lois Patiño (Galicia, 1983), filmmaker and artist, has presented his work at film festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, New York, Viennale, IDFA, or Oberhausen. His most recent films, Sycorax (2021) and El sembrador de estrellas (The Star Sower) (2022) have premiered at Cannes Fortnight and Berlinale Shorts, and his two feature films Costa da Morte (2013) and Lúa vermella (Red Moon) (2020) premiered at Locarno and Berlinale Forum. His latest feature film, Samsara, premiered at Berlinale Encounters (2023), where he won the special jury prize. He is currently in the process of editing his next two works, a short film shot in Japan and a feature film shot in the Azores Islands.

Awards and Nominations

BERLIN ENCOUNTERS FESTIVAL
Winner of the Special Prize of the Jury Award 2023

THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Winner of the Best Film in the Film Forward Competition Award 2023

UNAM FILM FESTIVAL
Winner of the Audience Award of the Ficunam 2023

BORDEAUX INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Winner of the Best Original Music Award 2023

LIMA ALTERNA FILM FESTIVAL
Winner of the Best Film Award in the Ibero-American Competition 2023

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