Origin

A young woman(Dazhuo) dies following an emotional crisis. Her lover(Karma), can’t bear the torment and jumps off a precipice. Buddhism teaches that all things arise and cease to be in dependence on other things, and from then on Karma lives as though sleepwalking. He moves between the illusory reality of the evocation of the soul and the intermediate world of the bardo, and nobody is able to remove the shadowy mask he wears.
In the hospital, doctors try and save Karma with modern technology, while the shamans try and conjure his spirit back using their own methods, but none of it is any use. In the end, Karma returns to the dreamlike journey of life and death.

This film is shown illusory and surreal scenes, uses the unique natural landscape of the shooting place and the superb narrative way to show the process of human soul from body death to the stage of Antrabhara, and from the stage of Antrabhara to the reincarnation of all sentient beings. With unique vision and philosophical narration, the film examines some things of human nature and give audiences deep thinking.

  • Aihui Dong
    Exeuctive Producer
    Golden Kingdom
  • Loden
    Director
    Lost, Balloon
  • Loden
    Writer
    Lost, Balloon
  • Thar Takchok
    Producer
  • Lotong
    Producer
  • Tserang Samdrup
    Key Cast
  • Kyid Kunzang
    Key Cast
  • Dorje Tamdin
    Cinematographer
  • Xian Jiu
    Art Director
  • Atri
    Art Director
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    mystery, religion, Tibet, indigenous
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 26, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Language:
    Tibetan
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Loden

Tibetan writer/director Loden was born in 1988 next to Qinghai Lake and grew up in a nomadic area. Loden is a graduate from Beijing Film Academy. His first short film “Knot” received an award in the 16th World Ethnic Film Festival. His 2019 feature film “Lost” was selected for the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival Project Market and won the award for Best Project In Production. Loden’s first feature film “Lost” was completed in 2021 and has featured in a number of festivals including being selected for competition at the 45th Hong Kong International Film Festival Firebird Awards as well as the 11th Beijing International Film Festival where it was awarded the Most Popular Artistic Contribution Award. Preparations are under way for a second feature film, “The Bride”, which has been selected to participate in the Work in Progress Lab at the 2021 Pingyao International Film Festival.

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Director Statement

I grew up in the pastoral area of Tibet, which made me influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. When I grow up, I look at some Buddhist classics and find that Buddhism has a lot of and detailed research on death.

Everyone is inseparable from death. Death is a process. People often bring up the topic of death and have experienced the process of death of many people around them. I am very interested in the saying of the Antrabhara, so I always want to express something in the form of images.

This time, using the unique scenery of Tibet and illusory and surreal scenes to express these ideas in the form of images, this is a wonderful creative experience.