"Travellers and Magicians" is the first feature-length film by writer-director Khyentse Norbu, who scored big with his 1999 drama, "The Cup." His new movie was shot completely in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
In this film, Dondup, a young man on his way to America to make his fortune, finds the trip out of his country more difficult than he thought. He misses his bus and is forced to hitch a ride down the mountain. Soon he is joined by fellow travelers, a monk, an old apple picker, and a rice-paper maker and his daughter. During the journey the monk tells the story of a magic student, Tashi, who believes more in making money than in his magic powers.
The two stories intertwine to create an enchanting, unforgettable film, filled with humor, hope, and heart.
"Travellers and Magicians," Saturday, May 19, 8 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven. Presented by the Martha's Vineyard Film Society. Tickets: $6 or $4 for society members. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Call 508-696-9369.