Valley of Saints

Valley of Saints

Valley of Saints

Sundance Audience Award-winner from India, set in Kashmir and shot during the 2010 military curfew.Gulzar is a young, working-class boatman who wishes to leave the now-corrupted beauty of his city. When he and his friend happen upon a young woman, Gulzar has to choose between a new life or a new love.

"Widely considered to be the crown jewel of Kashmir, Dal Lake is a sprawling aquatic community where erupting political violence often distracts from the natural beauty. Gulzar plans to skip town with his best friend in search of a better life, but a weeklong military curfew derails their departure. Forced to wait it out, Gulzar takes a job assisting a pretty scientist named Asifa. As they navigate the floating landscape, collecting water samples for an environmental study, an unlikely relationship blossoms between the two. When Asifa’s research reveals harmful pollutants, Gulzar realises that the ecology of the lake and an entire way of life face an alarming threat, and everything in his own life begins to take on a new hue." (Sundance Film Festival)

Audience Award (World Cinema, Dramatic) and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize winner at Sundance Film Festival 2012.
2012Rating: G82 minsGermanyKashmiri with English subtitles.
DramaWorld Cinema
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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

If nothing else, Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints can at least lay claim to being that rare love story that’s able to make an instructional for compost toilet construction seem like the most romantic gesture in the world. It’s just one distinctive element of many that sets this brief-encounter tale worlds apart from others, and makes it a uniquely Kashmirian experience. Essentially a paean to Dal Lake (“the jewel in the crown of Kashmir”) and its vibrant community, the film’s narrative takes place during the region’s political unrest of 2010, a violent backdrop that nevertheless doesn’t dampen its tremendous warmth and gentle charms.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

A likably low-key docudrama set in an attractive area of politically turbulent Kashmir.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A gentle romance is threatened by unpredictable political and cultural realities in northern India.

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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

If nothing else, Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints can at least lay claim to being that rare love story that’s able to make an instructional for compost toilet construction seem like the most romantic gesture in the world. It’s just one distinctive element of many that sets this brief-encounter tale worlds apart from others, and makes it a uniquely Kashmirian experience. Essentially a paean to Dal Lake (“the jewel in the crown of Kashmir”) and its vibrant community, the film’s narrative takes place during the region’s political unrest of 2010, a violent backdrop that nevertheless doesn’t dampen its tremendous warmth and gentle charms.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A likably low-key docudrama set in an attractive area of politically turbulent Kashmir.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A gentle romance is threatened by unpredictable political and cultural realities in northern India.

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