Les Films du 3 Mars has announced the theatrical release of Far Beyond the Pasturelands, the first feature documentary by Maude Plante-Husaruk and Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis. The film takes place across breathtaking landscapes, in a remote region of the Himalayas, where a 22-year-old villager and mother prepare to harvest a mysterious mushroom worth more than gold in hopes of providing a better life for her family. It will open in Quebec theatres on December 9.

Far Beyond the Pasturelands had its World Premiere at the Montreal International Documentary Festival in 2021, where it won the New Visions Award. The film was then selected for the DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Vancouver) and Planet in Focus (Toronto). An international tour will soon begin with a selection at the Anthropological Film Festival in Jerusalem, which will then continue in France, Austria and Nepal.

In a remote Himalayan region, the villagers of Maikot are preparing for the harvest of a mysterious aphrodisiac caterpillar-mushroom worth more than gold. Lalita, a young mother, had to let go of her dreams after getting married because of the social pressures of her community. As the whole village departs to the mountains, she joins the journey to the high-altitude pasturelands in the hope of providing a better life for her family through the hazardous harvest of the rare mushroom. Set against the backdrop of stunning mountainous landscapes, the film presents an intimate and humane portrait of characters that put everything on the line for a chance to ascend to greener pastures. Will the harvest be good this year?


With the participation of Lalita Gharti Magar

Quebec. 2021. 84 minutes. Original Nepalese and Kham Magar version, with English and French subtitles.

Directed by Maude Plante-Husaruk and Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis | Cinematography: Maude Plante-Husaruk | Editing: Maude Plante-Husaruk | Sound Recording: Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis | Original Music: Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis | Sound Editing: Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis, Eric Shaw | Sound Mix: Jean Paul Vialard – NFB | Sound Mix: Jean-Paul Vialard – NFB | Production: Maude Plante-Husaruk and Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis | Distribution: Les Films du 3 Mars

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