Oscars: Nepal Selects 'Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen)' for Foreign-Language Category

Kalo Pothi, the Black Hen Still 1 - h 2016
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The debut by Min Bahadur Bham about two boys searching for their missing hen in the midst of a civil war took top prize at last year's Critics Week in Venice.

Nepal has chosen Min Bahadur Bham's award-winning debut Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen) as its nomination for best foreign-language Oscar.

The film, which follows the adventures of two boys searching for their missing hen during a temporary cease-fire in the midst of a civil war in the mountainous landlocked South Asian country, wooed professionals last year at the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival where it won the Critics Week prize.

The Nepalese president has also honored the director with the National Talent Award for his contribution to arts and culture.

The Hollywood Reporter's review of the film earlier this year at Hong Kong's Filmart TV and Film market praised the title as a "debut [that] offers poised storytelling, heartrending performances and cinematic imagery galore."

The film, released domestically June 3, has been both a critical and commercial success in Nepal, Berlin-based Russian producer Anna Katchko of Tandem Production told THR.

"In Nepal Kalo Pothi is much more than just a film; it is changing the whole perspective on art films in the country and also making a huge political statement. And the audiences love it!"

The film is produced by Katchko, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, Devaki Rai, Min Bahadur Bham and Anup Thapa and co-produced by France's Catherine Dussart. World sales are being handled by Wide Management.