Brief synopsis

Young Peyangki lives and studies in a picturesque monastery deep in the mountains of Bhutan. A few years have passed since the king allowed TV and internet into the country, and now the structured daily rituals of candle lighting and recitation of prayers compete with the powerful lure of smart phones. Privately, Peyangki is passionate about love songs and falls in love on WeChat with a young singer from the city of Thimphu. Disinterested in study and often reprimanded by his masters, he sells medicinal mushrooms to make enough money to leave the monastery in search of “the one he dreams of night and day”. Peyangki trades in his robes for street clothes, but will he succumb to romance and the temptations of the city or return to his pious life in the monastery ?



ColoristMoritz Peters
Director of photographyThomas Balmès
1st assistant cameraNina Bernfeld
DirectorThomas Balmès
EditorAlex Cardon
EditorRonan Sinquin
ComposerNicolas Rabaeus
ProducerThomas Balmès
Executive producerJeff Skoll
Executive producerDiane Weyermann
Line producerJill Coulon
ScreenwriterThomas Balmès
Audio describerDetlef Tomschke
Sound re-recording mixerLaurent Vonlanthen
Sound editorEric Rey

Distributing companies

Nour Films [fr]France (theatrical)
Participant Media [us]International Sales


2019NetherlandsIDFA Int. Documentary Film Festival AmsterdamSection Masters
2019CanadaToronto International Film FestivalTIFF Docs


Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 23/09/2020
PremiereSaturday, 07/09/2019Toronto International Film Festival [ca]