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Lois Patiño


Director Lois Patiño Cast Amid Keomany, Toumor Xiong, Simone Milavanh
113' - 2023 - Drama, Avant-Garde / Experimental - Dialogue: Lao, Swahili
A truly enchanting trip, Samsara depicts the Buddhist concept of birth, life, death and rebirth in a sensory way. A film somewhere between dream and reality, documentary and fiction, countries and bodies.
What connects a Buddhist woman in Laos with a Muslim girl in Zanzibar? Awarded the Special Jury Prize in the Encounters section at the Berlinale, Samsara transforms the cycle of life from Eastern faith into an enriching cinematic experience beyond the confines of reality. It's a beautiful and extraordinary journey guided by the Tibetan book of the dead and the warm orange of the monks' robes captured on 16mm film. Visual artist Lois Patiño interweaves the power of fiction and documentary to help us look with our eyes closed, resulting in a film that is spiritually connected with the work of directors Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Memoria). "Dreams tell us such beautiful stories", the character of the old woman attests. When you wake up from this dream, you will leave the theatre reborn.
“A mystical experience that begins in Laos and transports viewers to Zanzibar in Tanzania. [...] Patiño masterfully interweaves impressionistic moments with a loose narrative structure, blending fiction and documentary filmmaking, as well as the mundane and the transcendental.” - Screen Anarchy

Combi-ticket Lois Patiño shorts + Directors Talk + Samsara
On Monday, 16/10, you can enjoy the screenings Lois Patiño shorts and Samsara at an advantageous price. There will be a Directors Talk between the two screenings.

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Lois Patiño


Amid Keomany, Toumor Xiong, Simone Milavanh


Lois Patiño, Garbiñe Ortega

Director of Photography

Mauro Herce, Jessica Sarah Rinland


Lois Patiño


Leire Apellllaniz

Production studios



Mooov Distributie

More info


Lao, Swahili

Countries of production





Lois Patiño
Mountain in Shadow (short 2012), Coast of Death (2013), La imagen arde (short, 2013), Night Without Distance (short, 2015), Strata of the Image (short, 2015), Fajr (short, 2017), The Path of Totality (short, 2018), Red Moon Tide (2020), Sycorax (short, 2021), The Sower of Stars (short, 2022), Samsara (2023)