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The Red Phallus © Tashi Gyeltshen

The Red Phallus

Fiction by Tashi Gyeltshen, Bhutan, Nepal, Germany, 2018

We all live in one story. But.
Different realities.

Or. Perhaps.

We all live in one reality. But.
Different stories.

And. In between. There is just a mask.

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 haunting and beautiful landscape of Phobjikha in search of who she wants to become.

Instead, she finds a mask. And behind it, her world.

Script / Director:
            Tashi Gyeltshen
Studio 108 Bhutan
weltfilm Berlin
Icefall Productions

Founded by

  • Open Doors Locarno Film Festival 2016
  • Visions Sud/Est
  • HAF Hongkong Asia Film Financing Forum
  • Bhutan Film Trust
  • Deza


Worldpremiere: Busan International Film Festival 2018

Critics award at Busan International Film Festival 2018

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