A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.
The Tibetan nomad mastiff is a highly prized exotic dog in China, fetching millions of dollars from wealthy Chinese. When a young man notices several thefts of mastiffs from Tibetan farming families, he decides to sell his family’s dog before it is stolen and sold on the black market. His father, an aging Tibetan herder, is furious when he discovers their dog is missing. When the father tries to buy the dog back, it leads to a series of tragicomic events that threaten to tear the family apart and evidence the erosion of Tibetan culture under the pressures of contemporary society.
Winner of the Best Narrative Feature at Brooklyn Film Festival
Winner of the Grand Prize at Tokyo FILMeX
Winner of theAudience, Press and Jury Awards at Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival
Official Selection at Rotterdam International Film Festival
Official Selection at Vancouver International Film Festival
Official Selection at San Francisco International Festival
Official Selection atSlamdance Film Festival
Pema Tseden (The Silent Holy Stones, The Search) is the leading filmmaker of a newly emerging Tibetan cinema and the first director in China to film his movies entirely in the Tibetan language. His third feature Old Dog is both a humorous and tragic allegory and a sober depiction of life among the impoverished rural Tibetan community. The masterful HD cinematography “perfectly incorporates the desolate living conditions of these outpost towns whilst magnificently capturing the majestic Himalayan scenery which surrounds them” (Patrick Gamble, CineVue). PemaTseden “shows Tibet through Tibetan eyes, as it is lived and experienced by ordinary people” (The Culture Trip).