FLYING MONKS TEMPLE / Lidojošo mūku templis (2016)

Flying Monks Temple is a story about the creation of an unprecedented architectural object – an open’air stage for flying performances at the hillside of Sacred Songshan mountain in Henan province, China. Designed by a European architect and built by a Chinese investor, the building contains an aerodynamic wind tunnel – a glass tube with air steam moving inside of it, strong enough to hold a person up in the air. Originally used for military and skydiving trainings, the wind tunnel now will be the main technology for massive light and music performances of levitating humans. The creators of the new building invite monks from the nearby world-famous Shaolin Monastery to participate in flying performances and name the building Shaolin Flying Monks Temple. As the process begins, the creators themselves have to levitate amongst cultural differences and different conventions as the ambitious project has dual attitudes towards it. The Chinese investor is interested to build an object after Western standards, while the European architect highly values Eastern philosophy.

Scriptwriter: Žanete Skarule
Cameraman: Valdis Celmiņš, Jānis Jurkovskis
Aero shoot: Miks Ramāns
Sound director: Artis Dukaļskis
Producer: Uldis Cekulis

Supported by:
National Film Centre of Latvia
Culture Capital Foundation

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Šīs filmas stāsta centrā ir neparasts projekts, kas savedis kopā divus sapņotājus, kuri, neskatoties uz savu atšķirīgo pagātni, kultūrām un motivācijām cenšas kopīgiem spēkiem to realizēt. Arhitekts no Latvijas Austris Mailītis un kalnrūpnieks no Ķīnas Kanki Žu būvē brīvdabas skatuvi, kas paradzēta lidošanas priekšnesumiem vēsturiskajā Sunšaņa kalna pakājē. Vai Šauliņas lidojošo mūku templis attaisnos kalnrūpnieka iecerēto ambiciozo nosaukumu?