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Tharlo poster.jpg
Directed byPema Tseden
Written byPema Tseden
Produced byWu Leilei
Wang Xuebo
Zhang Xianmin[2]
StarringShide Nyima
CinematographyLu Songye
Edited bySong Bing
Music byWang Jue
Heaven Pictures (Beijing) Culture & Media Co., Ltd.
Beijing YiHe Star Film Production Ltd.
Beijing Ocean & Time Culture Communication Co, Ltd[3]
Distributed byBeijing Herui Film[4] Icarus Films
Release dates
  • September 5, 2015 (2015-09-05) (Venice[1])
  • December 9, 2016 (2016-12-09) (China)
Running time
123 minutes
Box office¥949,000 RMB[4]

Tharlo (Chinese: 塔洛) is a 2015 Chinese Tibetan-language comedy-drama film written and directed by Pema Tseden.[3] It premiered in the Horizons section at the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival.[5] It was released in China on December 9, 2016.[4]


Sheep herder Tharlo (Shide Nyima) or commonly known as "Ponytail" for his trademark hairstyle, goes to town to get an ID card photo as ordered by police chief Dorje (Tashi). Having lived all his life alone in the mountains, he is shocked to meet a modern young hairdresser Yangtso (Yang Shik Tso), who not only sports short hair but smokes. Yangtso flirts and even suggests travelling plans with him. Tharlo returns to the mountain but not for long. One day, due to his carelessness, his sheep are killed by wolves, which angers the sheep owner who not only scolds but slaps him repeatedly. Soon, Tharlo returns to town with stacks of cash from selling his sheep, places the money in front of and asks Yangtso to keep it. But his desire for a new life with her is dashed when he wakes up next morning to find her missing.[6][7][8][9][10]

After failing to find her, Tharlo looks for chief Dorje at the police station. However, before he can reveal the intention of his visit, he is ordered to town again – to get a new ID card photo, by chief Dorje when he realises the "bald" Tharlo, who has shaven upon Yangtso's request, looks different from his new ID card's photo. Speechless, Tharlo slowly walks out of the police station and heads out to the mountain.


  • Shide Nyima as Tharlo
  • Yang Shik Tso as Yangtso
  • Tashi as Police chief Dorje
  • Jinpa as Sheep owner
  • Dekyi Tserang as singer (Special appearance)


Box office[edit]

The film grossed ¥949,000 RMB at the Chinese box office.[4]


Date Award Category Nominee Result Notes
2015 72nd Venice International Film Festival Venice Horizons Award Tharlo Nominated
52nd Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Director Pema Tseden Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Tharlo Won
Best Feature Film Nominated
16th International Film Festival Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize Won
Student Jury Prize Won [11]
2016 23rd Beijing College Student Film Festival Artistic Exploration Award Won
Best Picture Nominated
Best Director Pema Tseden Nominated
2017 17th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Film Tharlo Nominated [12]
Best Director Pema Tseden Nominated
Best Actor Shide Nyima Nominated
Best Screenplay Pema Tseden Nominated
Best New Performer Shide Nyima Nominated
31st Golden Rooster Awards Best Low Budget Feature Tharlo Won [13][14]
Best Cinematography Lu Yesong Nominated
Best Editing Liang Chi-song, Song Bing Nominated


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  3. ^ a b Wendy Ide (October 2, 2015). "'Tharlo': Review". Screen International. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "塔洛(2016)". (in Chinese). Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  5. ^ Patrick Frater (September 2, 2015). "Venice Festival: Asian Shadows Picks up Tibetan 'Tharlo'". Variety. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ Scheck, Frank (4 October 2016). "'Tharlo': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  7. ^ Huang, Tony (4 October 2016). ""I Want the Audience to Look According to Their Own Free Will": Pema Tseden on Tharlo". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Tharlo". 7 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  9. ^ Semerene, Diego (27 September 2016). "Tharlo". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  10. ^ "塔洛 Tharlo Tibetan movie (with Chinese subtitle)". YouTube. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  11. ^ Liz Shackleton (November 30, 2015). "'Tharlo' wins top prize at Tokyo Filmex". Screen International. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  12. ^ "第17届华语电影传媒盛典公布提名名单". Mtime (in Chinese). August 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "金鸡奖提名:《潘金莲》领跑 范冰冰周冬雨再争影后". ifeng (in Chinese). August 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "邓超范冰冰分获影帝影后《我不是潘金莲》成金鸡大赢家". ifeng (in Chinese). September 16, 2017.

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