SF Bay Area Premiere
Official Selection to Busan International, BFI London, Dharamshala & Palm Springs, and critically acclaimed, wins Best Feature
A magical and witty, off-beat take on the road movie, Dar Gai’s film is a meditative reflection that takes us through the breathtaking landscapes of Ladakh in the Himalayas. Driven to the end of his wits by the cacophony of Mumbai – the noisiest city in the world – Namdev Bhau, a 65-year-old chauffeur, sets off in search of the fabled Silent Valley. The elderly man’s attempts at maintaining solitude are comically subverted at every turn, until the precocious and talkative young Aaliq becomes a constant companion through the rest of his awe-inspiring sojourn.
Gai – a philosopher by training – weaves a heart-warming odyssey that cleverly keeps everything on the surface until a final revelation brings an unforeseeable twist. In the end, this cinematic journey offers the expedient truth that coming to terms with your internal conflicts and disharmony is an exigency of a happy life.
“Thoughtfully paced and with terrific performances, Dar Gai’s second feature confirms her as an exciting new voice in contemporary Indian cinema.” – BFI London Film Festival