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Filmed in Sikkim, bound for Sweden

Gangtok, Nov. 20: A Nepali feature film directed by Prashant Rasaily from Sikkim has been selected for screening at the Goteborg International Film Festival in Sweden.

It is the first film from Sikkim to be shown at the fest, starting January 25.

Kathaa, which was premiered and screened at the Mumbai International Film Festiv-al in October under the best Indian films category, is the only Indian film to be selected for the Goteborg festival this year.

“The Goteberg International Film Festival is one of the largest film events in the world and screening of the film in such a festival is an honour. Kathaa is a low-budget movie made at a cost of Rs 30 lakh,” said director Prashant Rasaily.

“It is the first film from Sikkim to be screened at any international fest,” he added.

The 110-minute Nepali movie featuring actors Saugat Malla, Usha Rajak and Timothy Rai is a love story of a sheep herder and a deaf and mute village girl. It was shot in Gnathang, a quiet hamlet in East Sikkim near the India-China border, in 14 days.

Rasaily said the film fest gets around 1,30,000 entries from Africa, the US and Asia. “An Indian programmer of the Goteborg film festival met me after the screening of Kathaa in the Mumbai film festival. She said it was one of the best Indian movies she had seen. The next day I received an invitation to participate in the Goteborg Film Festival,” said the 33-year-old Rasaily.

The director from Gangtok has made several documentaries and Kathaa is his second feature film.

The movie has also been sent to Berlinale Film Festival to be held in February.