Highway/synopsis - by New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
A stalled bus full of people in the breathtaking landscapes of eastern Nepal forms the backdrop of nine loosely interconnected stories of travelers who urgently need to reach Katmandu. Deftly moving between past and present—while the passengers attempt to circumvent several bandhs, the illegal protest blockades that plague Nepal's endless highways—the powerful individual stories unfold to illuminate both universal and culturally specific human problems, adding up to a sweeping social critique that is being hailed by many as a benchmark in the burgeoning Nepalese film industry. Using largely improvised dialogue, nonprofessional actors, and stunning photography, first-time director Rauniyar has established himself as a filmmaker of great ability and visual imagination.
Premiere: Berlin Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)