‘A Road to a Village’ Second Dayahang Rai Film to Screen at Toronto International Film Festival

It’s always great to see Nepali films making rounds at some of the most prestigious film festivals around the world — in Toronto, Venice and Cannes.

Getting praised at the festival circuit doesn’t guarantee a film’s commercial success, but there’s no denying that it is an achievement in itself when it gets to be part of the festival that also has some of the best films of the year from across the world.

The latest to join the list is ‘Gaaun Aayeko Baato’ (titled as ‘A Road to a Village’ in English) that is having its world premiere at the 48th edition of Toronto Film Festival this year. The film directed by ‘Numafung’ director Nabin Subba — who has also produced the film with Amod Rai — is based on the screenplay co-written by himself along with Mahesh Rai.

The film stars Dayahang Rai in the leading role — and this would be his second film to screen at this festival — first one being Deepak Rauniyar directed White Sun (Seto Surya) in 2016. Needless to say, the ‘Kabaddi’ actor is currently the busiest Nepali actor post ‘Jaari’ success with at least half a dozen films in his hands at the moment.

‘A Road to a Village’ is part of the festival’s new Centerpiece programme (previously known as Contemporary World Cinema) that will feature 47 titles this year from filmmakers that represent 45 countries.

The festival starts September 7 in Toronto, Canada and will end its 11-day run on the 17th.

Nepal release date for the film has not been announced yet. It will most probably travel to some other festivals too before its theatrical release.

Looking forward, for sure.


Neeraj Pun (NEO)

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