directed by Brian Perkins
Four young monks in a Myanmar monastery embracing the world.
This narrative feature film is about four orphan boys, all novice monks living in a Buddhist monastery in a remote part of Northeast Burma. The head monk departs on a long journey from which he may never return, leaving the boys alone in the middle of the forest. Once the boys are on their own, strange, magical phenomenons begin to occur. Orphan WITAZARA realizes he must protect the three other boys throughout this series of bizarre events, which threaten to unravel the fabric of the young monks’ reality.
DRAMA DCP/HD - 2014 - USA - 101min
ORIGINAL TITLE GOLDEN KINGDOM
CAST Shine Htet Zaw, Ko Yin Saw Ri, Ko Yin Than Maung, Ko Yin Maung Sein, Sayadaw UZaw Ti Ka
PRODUCED BY Bank & Shoal
American filmmaker Brian Perkins has traveled extensively through the remote parts of Asia and India. After creating a network of relationships in the monasteries and villages of Burma - picking up conversational Burmese along the way - he was in a unique position to bring Golden Kingdom to audiences, meeting all of the extreme challenges shooting on location in the country provided.
While a graduate student at UC-Berkeley, Brian received the Eisner Prize in Film and Video, and was recipient of numerous acknowledgments during his studies at New York University. He has directed numerous music videos in Los Angeles and New York City, and was involved in Alma Harel’s Bombay Beach (2011), which premiered at the Berlinale and won the Tribeca Film Festival’s top prize that year. In 2013, Perkins founded Bank & Shoal, an independent feature film production company based in the United States. Bank & Shoal is dedicated to bringing intelligent and impactful projects to audiences in the United States and Europe. Golden Kingdom is Brian’s debut feature film.
FESTIVALS / AWARDS
SILK ROAD FILM FESTIVAL 2016 - Best Feature Film Award
BERLINALE 2015 - Generation section & Nominated for the Best First Feature Award
FAJR FILM FESTIVAL, TEHERAN 2015
FEBIOFEST PRAGUE FILM FESTIVAL 2015
TRIPOLI FILM FESTIVAL 2015
MINSK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LISTAPAD - Special Mention