Direction: Thomas Balmes

DocumentaryMovieCinema

France, Germany 2019
90 Min.

My private war

zero one film in Coproduction with TBC Productions (F),Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon.
Funded by FFA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

World Distribution: Participant Media

World Premiere: 07.09.2019, Toronto

Content

16-year-old Peyangki has lived as a monk in a monastery in the mountains of Bhutan since early childhood. His smartphone is the connection to the world, in it he has seen everything – and he has fallen in love. He met Nguen on WeChat, the Chinese facebook. For months, the two exchange messages day and night, Peyangki sings for her, she reveals her wishes and hopes for the future. It is first, total love that changes everything and turns the life of a teenager upside down.

He forgot that he wanted to make money; forgot that he wanted to return from the monastery to his family. Now he wants to go to town, and meet Nguen – because so far they only met virtually. “Sing Me a Song” will accompany the young monk on his journey to the capital and his first meeting with Nguen.

News

Festival

"Sing Me A Song" celebrated world premiere in Toronto

On September 7, “Sing Me A Song” celebrated world premiere in Toronto. The highlight of the evening was the presence of the 19-year-old monk Peyangki, who had come from Bhutan to be part of the premiere.

The documentary by director Thomas Balmes tells the story of Peyangki and Nguen, two teenagers trying to assert their virtual desires and dreams in reality. He is a monk in a monastery in the mountains, she dancer in the capital of Bhutan. They live in a world where the archaic themes and new technologies are constantly struggling for supremacy in our hearts and lives.

Credits

Directed and Produced by Thomas Balmès

Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann

Co-Producers: Thomas Kufus, Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon

Line Producer: Jill Coulon

Cinematographer: Thomas Balmès

First Assistant Camera: Nina Bernfeld

Editors: Alex Cardon, Ronan Sinquin

Music: Nicolas Rabaeus

1st Assistant to Director: Dorji Dendup

2nd Assistants to Director: Arun Bhattarai, Sonam Yangzom, Rinzin Wangchuk, Delphine Deloget

2nd Camera Assistants: Julie Conte, Aliosha Cheyko

Sound: Marianne Russi, Itesh Chaurasia, Rajender Prasad, Sukanta Majumdar

Production Assistants: Kinley Dorji, Pema Choden

Bhutanese Logistics: Bhutan Travel Planner, Norzin Tours

Translators: Nima Yoezer, Phurba Dorji, Pema Choden, Dorji Dendup, Kinga Tenzin

Scientific Adviser Françoise Pommaret, CRCAO/CNRS & Royal University of Bhutan

Post-Production Supervisor: Thomas Lavergne

Music Editor: Alex Cardon

Sound Editor: Éric Rey

Re-recording Mixer: Philippe Charriot

Music Mixer: Laurent Vonlanthen

Foley: Gadou Naudin

Foley Recordist: Julien Perrin

Color Grader: Moritz Peters

VFX: Rudolf Germann

Graphics: Romain Egea

Assistants to Editors: Anaïs Albanese, Hélène Larrieu, Goulven Colin, Léna Lipinsky, Anne-Laure Guillas, Hugo De Lipowski, Anaïs Navenant

Equipment: Margot Films, Photocinerent, Concept AV, ARRI Media GMBH, Archipel, Creative Sound, Kitchen Studio, Malakoff Studios

End Titles created with EndCrawl

With: Peyangki, Ugyen Pelden, Pemba Dorji, Choney Pelden, Bidha, Cheki Wangmo, Damcho Wangchuk