Int’l award for Zhigrana

KATHMANDU: Nepali films have started to receive recognition in the international arena, and the most recent movie to join this list is Zhigrana.

A suspense thriller directed and written by Pasang Lama, the movie has won the second place in Feature Foreign Horror category of the International Horror Hotel Film Festival 2016.

The festival will take place from June 9 to 12 at The Clarion Inn and Conference Centre Hudson, Ohio, US. Zhigrana will be screened at 11:00 am on June 11.

“I am speechless at this moment,” Lama shared with The Himalayan Times about the win adding, “Though we didn’t win the first position as we had been expecting to, it is a moment of extreme happiness for us. We have got an opportunity to screen our film before the international audience and get their feedback.”

Zhigrana narrates a horrifying suspense story of a crew and her guide taking shelter in a small village called Zhigrana. Featuring Hanna Geschewski, Shanti Giri, Jyoti Karki, Bina Pandey, Arun Regmi, Menuka Pradhan in lead roles, the story revolves around solving a murder.

In 2015, Zhigrana won the National Award for Best Editing and Best Cinematography. It also won Best Screenplay at the NEFTA Film Awards 2015.