Looking For A Lady With Fangs And A Moustache
Khyentse Norbu makes his films at the intersection of modern Bhutan and the strictly tradition-bound Buddhist culture in the country. In his latest film, it’s clear to see that many younger Bhutanese people lead secular lives – to a far greater extent than what was the case just a few years ago. Just when you get the impression that you are watching a relatively traditional drama film, mysterious elements both engaging and fascinating are added to the narrative mix.
In Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache, we meet a young secular entrepreneur living in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. He encounters what seems to be a common quack with a monk's cloak and sunglasses, who foretells the young man’s imminent death; unless, that is, he seeks out the mysterious woman with fangs, a mythical figure from Buddhism. The message is first received with skepticism, but a series of groundbreaking visions and experiences put the entrepreneur's adamantly secular worldview to the test: Is there a possibility that the monk might be telling the truth?
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
Country Nepal, Mexico, Singapore
Director Khyentse Norbu
Screenplay Khyentse Norbu
Cinematography Ping Bin Lee
Producer Max Dipesh Khatri
Cast Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Tsering Tashi Gyalthang, Tulku Kungzang, Tenzin Kunsel, Ngawang Tenzin
Production Company Philosojoy Production, Shatkon Arts
Runtime 1h 53m
Language Tibetansk, Nepali
Genre Drama, Adventure, Suspense
Age limit 12
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.