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by Tashi Gyeltshen


In the gloomy and remote valley of Phobjika in central Bhutan, Sangay, a 16-year-old girl lives with her widower father, Ap Atsara, a popular craftsman who is specialized in making wooden phalluses. He has also been playing the role of an atsara (a clown) in the annual tsechu (festival) for the last twenty years. Now, he wants to retire and pass on the mask to a younger talent. But, a dark secret from the past unfolds. And in the convoluted world of phalluses and masks, Sangay struggles to find congruence between her inner world and the outer relationships. She gets lost in the vast and beautiful landscape of Phobjikha in search of who she wants to become.

international title: The Red Phallus
original title: The Red Phallus
country: Bhutan, Germany, Nepal
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Tashi Gyeltshen
film run: 85'
screenplay: Tashi Gyeltshen
cast: Tshering Euden, Dorji Gyeltshen, Singye
cinematography by: Jigme Tenzing
film editing: Saman Alvitigala
art director: Karma Tenzin
producer: Tashi Gyeltshen, Kristina Konrad, Ram Krishna Pokharel
production: Weltfilm Gmbh, ZoomOut Productions (BT), Icefall Productions (NP)
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