The Woodpeckers of Rotha

Atimaley and Devi’s village is haunted by memories. When a dear friend leaves the village without saying “goodbye”, the old couple faces a dilemma; to keep living with the memories or to leave the village for good?

  • Pooja Gurung
    Director
  • Bibhusan Basnet
    Director
  • Pooja Gurung
    Writer
  • Bibhusan Basnet
    Writer
  • Marie Le Grand
    Producer
  • Rani Massalha
    Producer
  • Prajjwal SJB Rana
    Producer
  • Parimal Damai
    Key Cast
  • Chham Kala Damai
    Key Cast
  • Chintan Raj Bhandari
    Cinematography
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    DADYAA
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Nepal
  • Country of Filming:
    Nepal
  • Language:
    Nepali
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Venice International Film Festival
    Venice
    Italy
    World Premiere
  • Toronto International Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    North American Premiere
  • Busan International Film Festival
    Busan
    Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
    Asian Premiere
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
    Winterthur
    Switzerland
    Swiss Premiere
  • Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival
    Kathmandu
    Nepal
    Nepal Premiere
    Changing Perspective - Best Film
  • Sundance Film Festival
    Park City, Utah
    United States
    US Premiere
    Special Jury Award for Cinematography
  • Kustendorf Film and Music Festival
    Mokra Gora
    Serbia
  • Prague Short Film Festival
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    Special Jury Prize
  • Signes De Nuit
    Berlin
    Germany
    Special Mention - Night Award
  • Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival
    Kathmandu
    Nepal
    Nepal Panorama - Best Fiction Film
Director Biography - Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet

Based in Kathmandu, the duo of Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet have been working together for the past 6 years. Their first short film ‘The Contagious Apparitions of Dambarey Dendrite’ was screened in numerous international film festivals including Abu Dhabi, Tampere, Locarno and Kurzfilmtage Winterthur among others. It also won the ‘Golden Comma for Fiction’ at the Alpavirama Short Film Festival in Ahmedabad, India.

‘Dadyaa – The Woodpeckers of Rotha’ is their second short film. Dadyaa had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and has also been screened at Toronto, Busan and Sundance among many others.

The Duo is working on their first-feature film, The Whole Timers, selected at the Cinefondation L’Atelier of the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and was developed within the Jerusalem International Film Lab.

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Director Statement

Why create anything when everything ends as dust and grime? Is it for the sake of remembrance? Is it for the immortality of the subject or the ‘artist’ itself? Or for the hope that our ‘work of art’ will one day come alive and lift our souls from this mess of life ? ‘Dadyaa’ started out as an exercise to test these very themes around an old couple in the highlands of Jumla. But once again, life happened and the wonderful mess around it helped us as directors to draw parallels between our fictious world and the reality that exists in remote Nepal.