Goodbye Katmandu

2017/Color/133 mins/Nepal




Category Asian Select (NETPAC Award)
Director Nabin Subba
Producer Soham Dhakal, Padam Subba
Screenplay Rajesh Gongaju ,Shova Chand
Cinematography Thierry Taieb
Editor Shova Chand
Music Sangam Panta, Hubert Cesario
Set NA
Costume NA
Cast Karma, Subarna Thapa, Nikhil Gurung, Malvika Subba, Mala Limbu
Production Companies Kathmandu Films,Menchhyayem Pictures, Kathmandu
World Sales NA
Festival/Awards Busan, 2017

This movie tells the story of three young men living in Katmandu, Nepal, during the civil war in winter 2004. While Maoist rebels are at war with government forces, the livelihoods of the people become wrenched. A computer programmer, Amar, who has just returned from the USA, plans to provide internet service all over Nepal, but the social situation prevents him from doing it. Mangal, the son of a poor craftsman dreaming of being a rock musician, is confused over his own identity in the constantly changing circumstances. Rabin, from a wealthy family, is a troublemaker and his family puts pressure on him to join the army or get married to a woman and leave Nepal. What ties these three young men together is the sound of the TV and the radio delivering the war news. The war becomes part of their daily life. Where they live turns into a battlefield, and a flood of signs signifies a dismal future of pain and sacrifice. In the end, the only thing they can do is say "goodbye" to Katmandu and turn away.

Director:
Nabin Subba
Nabin Subba, a renowned film maker in Nepal, from Limbu Indigenous Community, had started his career as director in plays for theatre. His play had won the 'Best Play of the Year' from Royal Nepal Academy in 1988. Subba also pursued his parallel career in journalism, and worked as correspondent for weekly Nepali Awaj (1989-1992), daily Nepali Patra (1992-1994) Deshanter Weekly (1994-1997) and worked as the Editor of monthly Rup Rang Entertainment (1994-1995) and of Nepathya Theater Magazine in 1995. Numafung(2001) is one of half dozen films that he directed, had been blockbuster film in Nepali film industry, which portrayed a typical practice of Limbu indigenous community.

Selected Filmography:
Khangri: The Mountain (1996)