Santosh Sivan


Thousands of gay people, eunuchs and transvestites from all over India gather at the Koovagom festival every year. All Mohinis-to-be symbolically marry a statue of Aravan, but after the statue of Aravan is beheaded, they break their bangles and become widows. Santosh Sivan successfully merges a straight narrative with the poetic layers of this ancient myth. The protagonist, thirteen-year-old Swetha, discovers her uncle Gautam’s secret life as transvestite. India 2005 Regie: Santosh Sivan 97 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT Festivals: Rotterdam 06, Pusan 05