Min Bahadur Bham’s award-winning film Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen) has been selected by a committee at the Film Development Board as Nepal’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.
Kalo Pothi is directed by Min Bahadur Bham and stars Sukra Raj Rokya, Khadka Raj Nepali, Jit Bahadur Malla, Hansha Khadka, Benisha Hamal, Bipin Karki and others.
The film has been an official selection at some of the most prestigious film festivals including Busan Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, where it won the Critics Week Award.
The film is set in 2001, a temporary ceasefire brings much-needed break to a small war-torn village in Northern Nepal, bringing much joy among the residents. PRAKASH and KIRAN, two young close friends, are also starting to feel the change in the air. Though they are divided by caste and social creed, they remain inseparable, and start raising a hen gifted by Prakash’s sister, with hopes to save money by selling her eggs. However, the hen goes missing. To find it, they embark on a journey, innocently unaware of the tyranny brought by the fragile ceasefire.
The other two films on the shortlist were ‘Pashupati Prasad’ and ‘Ko Afno.’