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Samsara

Samsara

Lois Patiño
Spain
2023
114 min
Dutch Premiere
Paradocs
Synopsis

The Tibetan Book of the Dead, or Bardo Thödol, describes the three transitional phases between death and rebirth. In the first part of Samsara, which comprises two narrative sections and a sensational centerpiece, a young man in Laos reads the book to an elderly woman. He befriends several monks—young males like him—from the nearby monastery, and they meet at the magnificent waterfalls of Kuang Si to discuss their plans for the future. The woman, meanwhile, is ready to take leave of her present existence.

The story continues on the other side of the world, the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, where we see a goat kid being born and coming under the care of an Islamic family. But this section only starts after filmmaker Lois Patiño has presented the viewer with an awe-inspiring transitional section that can only be fully experienced with closed eyes. It transforms Samsara into more than a film—this is a unique cinematic experience, a meditative journey exploring different perspectives on life and death.

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Credits
114 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Lao, Swahili
Director
    Lois Patiño
    Lois Patiño
Production
    Leire Apellaniz for Sr. y Sra.
    Leire Apellaniz for Sr. y Sra.
Executive producer
    Garbiñe Ortega,
    Claudia Salcedo,
    Leire Apellaniz
    Garbiñe Ortega,
    Claudia Salcedo,
    Leire Apellaniz
Cinematography
    Mauro Herce,
    Jessica Sarah Rinland
    Mauro Herce,
    Jessica Sarah Rinland
Editing
    Lois Patiño
    Lois Patiño
Sound
    Luca Rullo
    Luca Rullo
Sound Design
    Xabier Erkizia
    Xabier Erkizia
Screenplay
    Lois Patiño,
    Garbiñe Ortega
    Lois Patiño,
    Garbiñe Ortega
World Sales
    Bendita Film Sales
    Bendita Film Sales
Distribution for the Netherlands
    MOOOV
    MOOOV
Screening copy
    MOOOV
    MOOOV

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