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The Cup

Director/Writer:Khyentse Norbu
Fine Line Features; G; 94 minutes
Cast:Orgyen Tobgyal, Jamyang Lodro, Neten Chokling

The Cup is unlikely as it is unassuming. The first movie filmed in Bhutan, and the first movie created by a Tibetan lama, it also manages to be a warm coming-of-age tale with intelligent takes on traditionalism, consumerism, and China's occupation of Tibet.

Filmed at a monastery with a cast of monks, The Cup follows two young boys who love soccer. The World Cup in particular, which they are plotting to see in the television-free monastery. The film avoids silly dichotomies like old versus new, and thus offers an interesting look at Bhutanese and Tibetan culture.

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