The Next Guardian

  • Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai
  • Hungary, Bhutan
  • 2017
  • 74 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for First Appearance
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Brother and sister Gyembo and Tashi are normal teenagers. They love soccer and their phones. In their Himalayan village, their father oversees a Buddhist temple that has been in the family for generations. He hopes his son will one day take over his duties. He would prefer that Gyembo leave his modern English-language school in favor of a monk school. In this thoughtful and tender portrait of a Bhutanese family, the generation gap is as large as their love for one another. Celibacy doesn't offer an enticing future to an adolescent boy, which Gyembo’s father understands. Nonetheless, he still tries to convince his son that being a monk offers many advantages. Meanwhile, Tashi feels more like a boy than a girl, and dreams of a life as a pro soccer player. She wants to attend a soccer camp that would be the first step in being selected for the national team. Unfortunately, though happiness is high on the political agenda in Bhutan, not all wishes come true.


  • 74 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Dzongkha, English
  • Subtitles in: English
Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai
Julianna Ugrin for Éclipse Film Ltd., Arun Bhattarai for Sound Pictures
Executive producer
Laetitia Schoofs for KRO-NCRV
Arun Bhattarai
Károly Szalai
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IDFA history

World Premiere
IDFA Competition for First Appearance
Supported with €30000 for Europe: Distribution for International Co-production
Supported with €5000 for Classic: Development

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