DCP/HD - American / Germany - 2014 - 101min - color - drama
Original title: Golden Kingdom
A film by Brian Perkins
GOLDEN KINGDOM is a narrative feature film about four orphan boys, 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 occurrences begin to pass. 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.
Original language: Burmese
Produced by: Brian Perkins, Matt O'Connor, Jessica Ballard Bank & Shoal Motion Pictures / http://www.bankandshoal.com
Berlinale 2015 - Generation section Nominated for the Best First Feature Award at the Berlinale 2015 Fajr Film Festival, Teheran 2015 Febiofest Prague Film Festival 2015 Tripoli Film Festival 2015 Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2015 - Kid's Eye section Vancouver International Film Festival 2015 - Cinema of our Time section Bangkok ASEAN film festival 2015 Buddhist Film Festival Europe in Amsterdam 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival 2015 - U.S. premiere Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers' Film Festival in Macedonia 2015 ASEAN Film Festival in Bangkok 2015
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. A student at both New York University and UC-Berkeley, Brian received numerous acknowledgments and prizes during his studies. 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 with offices in the United States and Germany. Bank & Shoal is dedicated to bringing intelligent and impactful projects to audiences in the United States, Europe, and the world. GOLDEN KINGDOM is Brian Perkins' debut feature film.