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Something is stirring deep in the Bhutanese jungle. Every 12 years, a select group of people are given the opportunity to participate in a ceremonial event, isolated far from civilisation, where they can live in utter anonymity for a period of time, wearing a mask and costume at all times.

Various rituals are being enacted. Some of the participants are having sex, some are hunting, while others are mostly watching from behind their colourful masks. In the beginning, the unnamed protagonist plays a part much like Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut; he observes, both fascinated and frightened. However, he gradually he becomes increasingly drawn to a mysterious woman who is commonly known as Red Wrathful. The budding obsession will prove fateful for the both of them. All the while, the mighty Bhutanese jungle landscape is like a thick blanket surrounding the events we are witnessing; as beautiful as it is claustrophobic.

Jon Sæter


Khyentse Norbu (b. 1961) is one of Bhutan's most prominent filmmakers, and also known as the third incarnation of the reformer Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. His debut The Cup (1999) became an international sensation. When Bernardo Bertolucci made Little Buddha in the early 90s, Norbu was hired as a consultant.

This film is part of

Director's Portrait: Khyentse Norbu

Original title Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait

Country Bhutan, Hong Kong

Year 2016

Director Khyentse Norbu

Screenplay Khyense Norbu

Cinematography Jigme Tenzing

Producer Sarah Chen, Pawo Choyning Dorji

Cast Tshering Dorji, Sadon Lhamo, Thinley Dorji

Production Company Tsong Tsong Ma Productions, Dewathang Talkie

Distribution Hanway Films

Runtime 1h 36m

Language Dzongkha

Subtitles English

Genre Drama, Adventure

Format DCP

Age limit 15

Links IMDb Screen Daily: Locarno Review

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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