The Sad Monk

A Film by Diana Frankovic

Synopsis

In Western culture, when we find ourselves in crisis, it’s natural to question our existence and the meaning of life. We are suffering; we want to change. Eastern philosophies, yoga and meditation are keys to happiness, or so preach the countless Western adherents of these far Eastern practices. Buddhism is one path to enlightenment. Following this path to Nepal we meet the young Tibetan buddhist monk, Tenzin, representative of a new generation, who is grappling with recognisable questions of modern life. The insights we garner from observing Tenzin unveil universal human flaw: the obsessive pursuit of happiness. The Sad Monk takes a look underneath the surface of a distinct and idealised environment; the holistic upbringing and rhythm of life in the monasteries of Nepal. We have something to learn from his story.

Director

  • Picture of Diana Frankovic © Diana Frankovic

    Diana Frankovic

    Diana Frankovic is a Berlin-based radio host and award-winning journalist from Germany. For over a decade she has been working as a radio host for public service broadcasters (ARD) operating in Germany. What inspires her most are people and music from different cultures. True facts delivered through compelling conversation is the recipe for her life's work. She has traveled and reported all over the world, whether from Australia, South America or Tibet. Her main focus lies on Asia, especially China.

Awards + Festivals

  • 3rd BERLIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)June 29, 2016
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    5th ROMA CREATIVE CONTEST (Official Selection, Rome, Italy)September 11, 2016
  • 10th BALINALE (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)September 24, 2016
  • *SPECIAL MENTION*
    5th DELHI SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Delhi, India)November 6, 2016
  • *SPECIAL MENTION*
    25th DOKUMENTART – EUROPEAN FILMFESTIVAL Official Selection, Germany) November 11, 2016
  • DIRECTORS’ FORTHNIGHT KOLKATA (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)November 12, 2016
  • 33rd FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM DE MONTAGNE (Official Selection, Autrans, Isère, France)November 30, 2016
  • 14th BOGOTÁ SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bogota, Colombia)December 5, 2016
  • 22nd BUSAN INTERNATIONAL ART FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Busan, Korea)December 21, 2016
  • CHINA ACADEMY AWARDS OF DOCUMENTARY FILMS (Official Selection, Beijing, China)December 23, 2016
  • JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jaipur, India)January 7, 2017
  • *VIEWERS CHOICE AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY*
    3rd RAJASTHAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jaipur, India)January 14, 2017
  • 4th SNOWDANCE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landsberg, Germany)January 27, 2017
  • 5th NEPAL HUMAN RIHGTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nepal)March 17, 2017
  • *BEST MUSIC*
    WILDSOUND FEEDBACK FILM AND SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, monthly Screenings,Toronto, Canada) March 20, 2017
  • HONG KONG ARTHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL (online festival) (Hong Kong)March 22, 2017
  • SYDNEY WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sydney, Australia)March 22, 2017
  • VKRATZE – GERMAN & RUSSIAN SHORT FILM DAYS (Official Selection, Volgograd, Russia)April 6, 2017
  • LIFT-OFF TOKYO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tokyo, Japan)April 11, 2017
  • 16.04.2017 * 3rd LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, LA, USA)April 16, 2017
  • 5th ETHNOGRAFILM PARIS (Official Selection, Paris, France)April 17, 2017
  • 13th ACHTUNG BERLIN – NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)April 21, 2017
  • 25th DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL TORONTO (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)April 27, 2017
  • *SPECIAL MENTION*
    27th MEDIAWAVE FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Komárom, Hungary)April 27, 2017
  • DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)April 27, 2017
  • *VAN GOGH AWARD WORLD CINEMA DIRECTING*
    8th AMSTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, Netherlands)May 5, 2017
  • 4th TIRANA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)May 10, 2017
  • *GOLDEN PALM AWARD FOR DOCUMENTARY SHORT*
    7th MEXICO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mexico)May 16, 2017
  • DR. MABUSE INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)May 27, 2017
  • SHORT FILM FESTIVAL La Mostra Dr. Mabuse (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)June 10, 2017
  • 18th ShorTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Trieste, Italy)July 1, 2017
  • 6th BEIJING FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beijing, China)July 15, 2017
  • 1st SPIRITUAL FILM FESTIVAL CONTRACORRIENTE BOGOTÁ (Official Selection, Bogotá, Colombia)July 28, 2017
  • 31st MONTENEGRO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Herceg Novi, Montenegro)August 1, 2017
  • C & C / CIVILISATION & CULTURE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Matulji, Croatia)August 11, 2017
  • 5th DUHOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Non-Competitive Section "World Visions", Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan)September 9, 2017
  • 3rd VIVA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina)September 13, 2017
  • SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Serbia)September 26, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT*
    2nd INT’L INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF TRUJILLO (Official Selection, Peru)September 28, 2017
  • 14th SEDICICORTO IFFF 2017 (Competitive Section MOVIE, Forlì, Italy)October 6, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT*
    11th NATIVE SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, U.K.)October 12, 2017
  • *SPECIAL MENTION*
    CLICK FOR FESTIVALS (Official Selection, Online)October 27, 2017
  • *WINNER OF DOCUMENTARY FILM*
    1st BLUE DANUBE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)November 4, 2017
  • 2nd THE STORY OF SPACE (Official Selection, GOA, India)November 10, 2017
  • MOUNTAINFILM INT'L FILM FESTIVAL GRAZ (Official Selection, Austria)November 14, 2017
  • 17th FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Germany)November 15, 2017
  • *FOUNDER’S AWARD WINNER*
    NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • *2nd PRIZE ANIMATION/EXPERIMENTAL CATEGORY*
    21st FALUDI INTERNATIONAL YOUTH AMATEUR FILM FESTIVAL AND PHOTO COMPETITION (Official Selection, Hungary)November 17, 2017
  • 1st LIECHTENSTEINER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Schaan, Liechtenstein)December 3, 2017
  • STEAM HOUSE ENTERTAINMENT INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Avenal, CA, USA)December 8, 2017
  • 3th BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil)December 8, 2017
  • *FOUNDER’S AWARD*
    8th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Official Selection, Raleigh, NC, USA)
  • *SPECIAL JURY MENTION*
    SHORT OF THE YEAR - SPRING EDITION 2018 (Official Selection, Madrid, Spain)January 25, 2018
  • FOUR SEASONS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, United Kingdom)February 3, 2018
  • ARTFOOLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Larissa, Greece)February 4, 2018
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM*
    3rd FINDECOIN - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Anzoátegui, Venezuela)February 23, 2018
  • *HONORABLE MENTION - INTERNATIONAL FILM*
    3rd SHORT. SWEET. FILM FEST. (Official Selection, Cleveland, OH, USA)March 2, 2018
  • 19th KONTRAST FILMFEST (Official Selection, Bayreuth, Germany)March 2, 2018
  • 4th SHORT-O-RAMA 2018 (Official Selection, Bremen, Germany)March 7, 2018
  • 19th BUNTER HUND - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)March 8, 2018
  • 2nd MALATESTA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Cesena, Italy)March 12, 2018
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD*
    GLOBAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Pune, India)March 24, 2018
  • 19th CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jackson, MS, USA)April 12, 2018
  • 3rd POVERARTE - FESTIVAL DI TUTTI LE ARTI (Official Selection, Bologna, Italy)April 14, 2018
  • 30th FILMFEST DRESDEN 2018 (Official Selection, Dresden, Germany)April 17, 2018
  • POVERARTE FESTIVAL - FESTIVAL OF ALL ARTS (Official Selection, Bologna, Italy)April 18, 2018
  • 6th FRONT RANGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longmont, CO, USA)April 27, 2018
  • 10th FILM FEST PETALUMA (Official Selection, Petaluma, CA, USA)May 5, 2018
  • 4th ANNUAL NASSAU FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Princeton, NJ, USA)May 17, 2018
  • 5th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS 2018 (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria)May 18, 2018
  • 13th HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NJ, USA)May 18, 2018
  • 10th FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Schull, West Cork, Ireland)May 23, 2018
  • 13th SARDINIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sardinia, Italy)June 28, 2018
  • 5th LOS ANGELES DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, West Hollywood, CA, USA)July 26, 2018
  • 9th FILM SCORE AND THE SCRUFFY CITY FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Knoxville, USA)July 26, 2018
  • 3rd SHORTS: INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia)August 2, 2018
  • 3rd STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longford, Ireland)August 15, 2018
  • *BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY*
    3rd THE BLACK SEA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vama Veche, Romania)August 26, 2018

Trailer

Crew

Screenplay
Diana Frankovic
Producer
Diana Frankovic
Director
Diana Frankovic
Director of Photography
Kevin Klein
Editor
Snorricut, Stefanie Kosik-Wartenberg
Sound Design
Jonathan Andréo
Music
Ilja Coric (film score)
Colorist
Marcus Badow

Details

Running Time
11:23 min.
Shooting Format
HDV
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo & Dolby Digital 5.1
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR

Diana Frankovic

hello@thesadmonk.com