The Red Phallus

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    The Red Phallus

    Directed by

    Bhutan

    2018

    85 min

    Drama

      New Currents - Busan IFF

    Sangai, a teenage girl living with her father in a village of inland Bhutan, is not happy with her father, who makes wooden phalluses, believed to have mysterious power, and playing a festival clown with a red mask at a local festival. She reluctantly delivers the phalluses to neighbors but she is followed by dozens of men with red masks and costumes when walking through the hill. Conflict and tension grows between the father, who has concerns about his successor, and Sangai, who has a clandestine relationship with a married man.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award - Busan IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Tshering Euden
    Singye Singye
    Dorji Gyeltshen
    Screenplay
    Tashi Gyeltshen
    Cinematography
    Jigme T. Tenzing
    Editing
    Saman Alvitigala
    Music
    Frances-Marie Uitti
    Jigme Drukpa
    Production
    TASHI GYELTSHEN
    Production
    KRISTINA KONRAD
    Production
    RAM KRISHNA POKHAREL
    Sales
    ASIAN SHADOWS

    Press

    Visually striking and remarkably symbolic, The Red Phallus is a film hard to overlook, and not just because of its startling title.

    Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

    Tashi Gyeltshen

    Tashi Gyeltshen

    Bhutan

    Tashi Gyeltshen started his career as a journalist before delving into filmmaking. He is a self-taught filmmaker. His third short THE RED DOOR premiered at IFF Rotterdam (2014). Tashi is equally passionate about poetry and his poems have been published in several magazines. THE RED PHALLUS is his latest film which premieres at the Busan IFF.

    Selected Filmography