Deepak Rauniyar’s first feature film Highway premiered in 2012 at the Berlin International Film Festival, the first Nepali film ever to be selected for a major international festival. Prior to this film, Rauniyar worked as a writer and producer for the BBC Media Action in Nepal, for which he wrote, directed and produced radio dramas and short films. In 2010, Rauniyar co-founded Aadi Productions in Kathmandu along with his wife / actor Asha Magrati to develop and produce original and socially conscious films in Nepal. Their second feature, White Sun (directed by Rauniyar) premiered at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival to rave reviews, the Hollywood Reporter calling it “A standout, delicately-observed, multi-generational story which could go a fair distance in the Oscar Foreign Language category”. The film won the Interfilm Award at the Venice Film Festival and the Silver Screen Award for Best Film at the Singapore Film Festival as well as the New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize at the Palm Spring Film Festival and four awards, including Audience and Special mention, at Fribourg International Film Festival. White Sun has screened in over thirty international film festivals since its premiere including Rotterdam, and the Toronto, New Directors/New Films in New York, Busan, Thessaloniki, Hong Kong festivals. Earlier this year, The New York Times included Rauniyar in their “Nine New Directors You Need to Watch” list. Rauniyar is an alumnus of the Toronto, Berlinale Talents and Rotterdam Labs as well as the Cannes - Cinéfondation program.
White Sun will be screening on Tuesday 13 June & Saturday 17 June 2017.