Santosh Sivan

NINE EMOTIONS (Navarasa)

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
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