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THE CUP (PHÖRPA) (1999) (G)

June 16, Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely, 101 Leggett Road, Stone Ridge

Based on true events, this lighthearted comedy with serious undertones involves two young soccer-crazed Tibetan refugee novice monks in a remote Himalayan monastery in India who desperately try to get a television for the monastery to watch the 1998 World Cup final. They eventually hatch a brazen plot to get a TV and satellite dish into the monastery in a plan that pits tradition against technology. “A very funny movie, alive with a sense of absurdity and human foible.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times. “The lovability quotient is as high as the altitude.” — J. Hoberman, The Village Voice. In Tibetan with English subtitles.