Butter Lamp (La lampe au beurre de Yak)



About the film

A young photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to photograph them. On diverse and more or less exotic backgrounds, families present themselves to the photographer. Through these shots, the photographer will weave unique links with each of the various villagers.

From France/China
15 min

Drama Short Film Nominee 2013

Director: Hu Wei
Screenwriter: Hu Wei
Producer: Julien Féret, Yangxu Zhou
Director of Photography: Jean Legrand
Editor: Hu Wei
Sound Design: Hervé Guyadère
Main Cast: Genden Punstok

Excerpt of the film

About Hu Wei

Born in China in 1983, Hu Wei live sand works between Beijing and Paris. Filmmaker and visual artist, he followed several courses in these arts, successively in China and France, in particular at LA FEMIS, in the national school offine arts in Paris, and in LE FRESNOY.

Q&A with the director

Director Hu WeiHow long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?

I wrote the scenario in one week and two months later we obtained the financial support of the French CNC and ARTE French television. But shooting was much more complicated because the crew was formed by French and Chinese technicians and with Tibetan actors. With such a team, shooting in China next to Tibet was extremely complex. The first two attempts to shoot the film failed and finally the third succeeded.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?

To me, the two most essential concerns are the diversity and the liberty of expression which are most possibly at the heart of European cinema.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

Hmmm, it’s a pity that it is only for one night. I would love to organise a special screenings for children like my three-year-old daughter. Of course, they can shout and run in the theatre. Or maybe, four or five films for the night, is it a good idea for kids? So these films would be: PIPPI LONGSTOCKING, MARY POPPINS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, DONKEY SKIN, THE KING AND THE MOCKING BIRD…

What is your next project?

A particular film, strange and mysterious. I would leave you some suspense.


Raindance Film Festival, London / Won Best Documentary Short

AFI Fest / Selected Live Action Short- Grand Jury Award

Angers Film Festival / Selected European Short Films – Audience Awards

Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival / Won Special Jury Mention

Chicago Film Festival / Won The Gold Plaque for Narrative-Live Action Short

Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand / Won Grand Prix-National Competition

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Film contacts:

Ama Productions 11 Rue Duvergier 75019 Paris FRANCE

tel: +33 1 42 05 67 68 contact@amaproductions.fr www.amaproductions.fr





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