Abramorama announced the acquisition of world rights for a new film by Khyentse Norbu (The Cup, Travellers And Magicians, Vara A Blessing), LOOKING FOR A LADY WITH FANGS AND A MOUSTACHE. This Nepali production, executive produced by Olivia Harrison, produced by Max Dipesh Khatri, and with cinematography by Mark Lee Ping-bing (In the Mood for Love), tells the story of Tenzin, a modern Tibetan entrepreneur, utterly skeptical of ancient, mystical beliefs, who is suddenly haunted by frightening dreams and hallucinations. A sage tells him those are omens for his imminent death. Filmed in a mesmerizing and magical Kathmandu, Tenzin will have seven days to save his life: a most unconventional, sacred journey into feminine energy. The film, which had its global premiere at the 17th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), was also an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.
On April 8, 2021, The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City will host a virtual live premiere screening of LOOKING FOR A LADY WITH FANGS AND A MOUSTACHE, followed by a live conversation with the director Khyentse Norbu and Dr. Richard J. Davidson. The Global Watch Now @ Home Cinema Release will be on April 9, 2021 concurrent with some traditional in-theater engagements in Asia as circumstances allow. More information about the premiere screening, Watch Now @ Home Cinema Release, and broad TVOD availability will be available on the film’s website www.lookingforalady.com.
“I hope this film will transport audiences to a profound, mystical, and yet very real and accessible dimension of life with which our modern world is sadly and rapidly losing touch” stated Director, Khyentse Norbu.
Olivia Harrison (Executive Producer) stated, “Looking for a Lady with Fangs and A Moustache intrigues and moves me greatly. It is a pleasure to be a part of Khyentse Norbu’s fifth feature film.”
Abramorama’s Richard Abramowitz (CEO) added, “We feel privileged to help bring this extraordinary film to people all around the world. Its beauty and wisdom are more essential now than ever.”
LOOKING FOR A LADY WITH FANGS AND A MOUSTACHE (NEPAL, 113 minutes, Tibetan, Nepali) ABRAMORAMA presents a SHATKON ARTS PRODUCTION. Produced by Max Dipesh Khatri. Director Of Photography Mark Lee Ping Bing. Editor Yu Tao. Sound Editor Tu Duu-chih. Production Designer Emily Avery Yoshito Crow. Make-up Maya Hardinge. Executive Producers Zhuangzhuang Tian, Olivia Harrison, Ram Raju, Aona Liu, Kate Mccreery. Producer Rabindra Singh Baniya. Starring Tsering Tashi Gyalthang, Tulku Kungzang, Ngawang Tenzin, Tenzin Kunsel. For more information visit www.lookingforalady.com. An Abramorama global screening event and Worldwide Watch Now @ Home and traditional theatrical release.
Known in the Buddhist world as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Norbu brings to his films a profound and subtle mastery and under- standing of Buddhist philosophy and practice. He studied and trained with some of the leading Tibetan Buddhist masters of the 20th century, graduated from secular schools in India and Europe, and teaches Buddhism on five continents. He is the author of several books on following the Buddhist path in the contemporary world, including the best- selling What Makes You Not a Buddhist.
Khyentse Norbu also oversees the non-profit organizations Siddhartha’s Intent, Khyentse Foundation, 84000, and Lotus Outreach as well as contemporary teaching and practice centers in different parts of the world. He is responsible for the care and education of 1,600 monks in six monasteries and institutes in Asia and is head of Dzongsar Monastery and College in Tibet, Dzongsar Khyentse Institute in India, and Chökyi Gyatso Institute for Buddhist Studies in Bhutan.
Norbu’s first film, The Cup (1999), became an international sensation after its premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Director’s Fortnight. It went on to win critical acclaim and official selections at major festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Hong Kong, London, and Moscow. It won awards at four international festivals, including an International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award at Busan and an audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Norbu’s second film, Travellers & Magicians (2003), was the first full-length feature film shot in the Hima-layan Kingdom of Bhutan. It premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. His third feature film, Vara: A Blessing (2013), based on a short story by Bengali author Sunil Gangopadhyay and filmed in Sri Lanka, won the Best Feature Film award at the Tribeca Online Film Festival. Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (2016), Norbu’s fourth feature film. Shot in remote parts of Bhutan, the film won the audience choice award at the 2016 Golden Global Awards at the Malaysian International Film Festival and honorable mention at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Olivia Harrison is a Mexican-American film producer, philanthropist and the widow of musician George Harrison of The Beatles.
Olivia produced the Grammy award winning film of the 2002 Concert For George which she organized to benefit the Material World Foundation in memory of George. Olivia also received an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2012 for her role as producer on the Martin Scorsese directed documentary: George Harrison: Living in the Material World. She curated books to accompany both these films, and in 2017 compiled a revised edition of George’s 1980 autobiography: I, Me, Mine.
The Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea, New York City, explores and celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of Himalayan art, ideas, and cultures across history and into the present. With its globally renowned collection, largely centered around the Tibetan Plateau, the Rubin fosters understanding and appreciation of this region by relating its art and ideas to our shared human experience today. Inspired by the philosophical traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism and aligned with ongoing research into learning, behavior, and the brain, the Rubin offers innovative exhibitions and programs that examine provocative ideas across the arts and explore the mind. Through this work, the Museum serves as a space for reflection and personal transformation, opening windows to inner worlds so visitors can better navigate outer ones. The Museum’s innovative programming inspires dialogue and fosters personal connections with the concepts behind the art on view. Currently online, the Rubin hosts conversations and engaging workshops with leading thinkers from across disciplines such as its annual science series Brainwave and weekly meditations now available globally online and in podcasts.
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