OFFICIAL SELECTION – Berlin International Film Festival
UK PREMIERE – International Buddhist Film Festival
“I cry, weep and feel a strong sense of faith each time I read or hear the story of Milarepa, the great yogi of Tibet.”
The Dalai Lama
“A masterful portrait of Tibet’s most illustrious saint whose life and enlightenment is an inspiration for today’s world”
Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
“a gorgeously shot, gently told parable, carefully walking the very thin line separating didacticism and entertainment”
“Milarepa subordinates Western-style filmmaking to Eastern wisdom, with modest, unforced charm and narrative thrift.”
NEW YORK SUN
“a powerful revenge drama”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
His path to enlightenment began with revenge…
In his directorial debut, Buddhist lama Neten Chokling vividly presents the captivating story of Milarepa, the man who would become Tibet’s greatest yogi.
In the dramatic setting of 11th century Tibet - a time of roaming sourcerers and yogis, according to Buddhist legend - a youthful Milarepa is propelled into a world of sorrow and betrayal after his father's sudden death. Destitute and hopeless, he sets out to learn black magic - and exact revenge on his enemies. But it is in confrontation with the consequences of his anger that he learns the most.
Filmed on the breathtakingly scenic Indo-Tibetan border, with Tibetan monks serving as most of the cast and crew, and from the Producer of THE CUP and TRAVELERS AND MAGICIANS, MILAREPA offers a provocative parallel to the cycle of violence and retribution we see consuming today's world.
TWO-DISC SET, including “TEACHINGS ON MILAREPA” (175 mins), featuring contributions from Buddhist luminaries such as Khandro Rinpoche, Ani Pema Chödrön, director of MILAREPA Neten Chokling Rinpoche and many others. Other bonus features include an exclusive introduction to the Pan Asia Film Festival screening in London by Lama Chime Rinpoche, “Who is Milarepa” documentary, stills gallery and trailer.