UK-based sales concern HanWay has re-teamed with Buddhist monk-turned film director Khyentse Norbu after their collaboration on Norbu's acclaimed debut The Cup.
Norbu started principal photography on Travellers & Magicians last month on location in his homeland of Bhutan. Also sold by HanWay, The Cup played in Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, was released in the US by Fine Line, and sold worldwide.
Travellers & Magicians is thought to mark the first time that the government of the tiny Himalyan Kingdom has allowed a feature to be made behind its borders. The $2m film tours Bhutan as it follows travellers, played by local characters ranging from the regulator of the Bhutanese stock market to a colonel in the King's bodyguard, on personal quests.
Mal Watson and Raymond Steiner, who produced The Cup, are producing, with delivery scheduled for summer next year.