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The Monk and the Gun

Indonesian Premiere

107 minutes | 2023 | Bhutan/France/USA/Taiwan | Narrative | 🔊 Dzongkha and English | English Sub. | Age Rating


Kingdom of Bhutan, 2006. Modernization has finally arrived. Bhutan becomes the last country in the world to connect to the internet and television, and now the biggest change of all: democracy. To teach the people how to vote, the authorities organize a mock election, but the locals seem unconvinced. Travelling to rural Bhutan where religion is more popular than politics, the election supervisor discovers that a monk is planning a mysterious ceremony for the election day.


MON, 27 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 1 | 16:30

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Pawo Choyning Dorji

Pawo Choyning Dorji

Pawo Choyning Dorji is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker from the Kingdom of Bhutan. Pawo’s introduction to film came in 2012 when he worked as Khyentse Norbu’s assistant for Vara: a Blessing. In 2016 he produced Norbu’s critically acclaimed Bhutanese feature Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait. The film had its world premiere at the 69th Festival del film Locarno. His directing debut Lunana: a Yak in the Classroom was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best International Feature in 2021, the first Bhutanese film to be so recognized.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company Dangphu Dingphu: A 3 Pigs Production, Films Boutique

Producer Jean-Christophe Simon, Hsu Feng, Stephanie Lai, Pawo Choyning Dorji

Main Cast Tandin Wangchuk, Deki Lhamo, Pema Zangmo Sherpa, Tandin Sonam, Harry Einhorn

Screenplay Pawo Choyning Dorji

Cinematographer Jigmé T. Tenzing

Editor Hsiao-Yun Ku

Notable Achievement

Busan International Film Festival, 2023

Toronto International Film Festival, 2023

Telluride International Film Festival, 2023



Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2021)