Manakamana

Manakamana

Manakamana

Caught in the usual and foreign experience of being in a state-of-the-art cable-car travelling through the Trisuli valleys, the reactions of Nepali locals riding the contraption are recorded in this avant-garde, observational documentary.

“In a series of fixed-camera shots, Manakamana offers eleven intimate portraits of assorted cable-car commuters — whose charmingly awkward and poignant encounters further enliven the breathtaking airborne journey. Though the film's concept is appealingly simple, the effect is evocatively rich — both in the awesome grandeur of nature as seen through the car windows, and in the contradictions of contemporary Nepalese life propelled by modernization. A palpable sense of melancholia emerges as ancient traditions and cultural memory teeter on the verge of vanishing.” (Toronto International Film Festival)

2013Rating: Exempt118 minsNepal, USANepali and English with English subtitles
Documentary
Director:
Stephanie Spray (feature debut)Pacho Velez ('Bastards of Utopia')

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A window on to the world in this one-of-a-kind ethnographic documentary.

Time Out

Time Out

press

You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

By focusing on such a narrow slice of Nepali life, Ms. Spray and Mr. Velez have ceded any totalizing claim on the truth and instead settled for a perfect incompleteness.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Both calming and imagination-sparking, forcing viewers to look at human faces for 10-minute stretches, whether those faces are talking excitedly or quietly looking around.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This is the kind of uncompromising art house documentary that festivals will wholeheartedly embrace.

Variety

Variety

press

A window on to the world in this one-of-a-kind ethnographic documentary.

Time Out

Time Out

press

You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

By focusing on such a narrow slice of Nepali life, Ms. Spray and Mr. Velez have ceded any totalizing claim on the truth and instead settled for a perfect incompleteness.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Both calming and imagination-sparking, forcing viewers to look at human faces for 10-minute stretches, whether those faces are talking excitedly or quietly looking around.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This is the kind of uncompromising art house documentary that festivals will wholeheartedly embrace.

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