Tharlo: Tibetan Filmmaker Pema Tseden’s Tale of Shepherd

Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden (Old Dog)’s new feature, Tharlo, is adapted from his own novella about Tharlo, a Tibetan shepherd.

Tharlo travels from rural Tibet to a town in Qinghai province to obtain an ID card. In the process, he meets a beautiful local hairdresser named Yangtso. Although Tharlo is smitten, town-dweller Yangtso’s ideas of fun are not quite his. Contemporary pleasures like smoking, drinking, singing and sex run against Tharlo’s pastoral imperatives, contributing to an awkward and suspenseful courtship between the two.

Tharlo has won prizes from festivals around the world, including Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2015 Taipei Golden Horse Film festival, Grand Prize at the 2015 Tokyo FILMeX, and INALCO Prize at the 2015 Vesoul Asian Film Festival.

Tharlo will be released on DVD and available for digital purchase and rental on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu.

The DVD release will include a special edition, deluxe six-panel digipak, a booklet featuring Pema Tseden’s novella “Tharlo” (translated into English for the first time) with stills from the film, a music video, the theatrical trailer, and Q&A session with Pema Tseden at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.