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Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache

dir. Khyentse Norbu
Nepal, Mexico, Singapore 2019, 113’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
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Awards and festivals
World premiere: Morelia International Film Festival
Nepal, Mexico, Singapore 2019
Duration: 113’
director: Khyentse Norbu
screenplay: Khyentse Norbu
cinematography: Mark Lee Ping-bing
editing: Yu Tao
music: Mars Radio
cast: Tsering Tashi Gyalthang, Tulku Kunzang, Orgen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Tenzin Kunsel, Tulku Ngawang Tenzin, Rabindra Singh Baniya
producer: Max Dipesh Khatri,
executive producer: Olivia Harrison, Zhuangzhuang Tian, Ram Raju, Aona Liu, and Kate McCreery
production: A Shatkon Arts Production, Kun Kum Production, Philosojoy Production
language: Tibetan, Nepali
colouration: colour

Film description

Tenzin is a young, ambitious man with a dream – he wants to open the best coffee house in Kathmandu. The only thing stopping him is a returning nightmare he cannot shake off, even though he is a man of serious, rational convictions. Reluctantly, he seeks the help of a monk who gives him an enigmatic task of finding and asking for help a dakini – an enlightened woman who can stop the dark prophecy from the dream from coming true.

A surprising film, combining a portrait of modern Nepal with the wisdom of Buddhist tales is the newest production by Khyentse Norbu, a Bhutanese director and lama famous in the international festival circles for "The Cup," "Travelers and Magicians," or "Hema Hema." In his films, the master of Himalayan cinema explores the mythology of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet, without losing sight of the modern challenges faced by the people in the region. This time, Khyentse Norbu focuses his attention on the dakinis, enlightened women, and their energy, the energy of transformation.

The unique journey of the skeptical protagonist confronting the sacrum is also a fascinating journey through Himalayan landscapes, masterly shot by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing, a regular collaborator of Hou Hsiao-hsien, whom Five Flavours audiences remember from the hypnotic "Crosscurrent," "The Assassin," or "Millenium Mambo."

Jagoda Murczyńska

Khyentse Norbu

Born in 1961, lama (Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche), director and screenwriter. At the age of seven recognized as the third incarnation of the founder of the Khyentse line of Tibetan Buddhism, educated in Indian monasteries. He directing and political sciences in the US and at SOAS in London. In 1993, he was a consultant for Bertolucci’s "Little Buddha." In 1999, he directed his first production in India, a story of young Tibetan monks fascinated by football. His films, made in India and Bhutan, achieved quite a success at international festivals.


1999 Puchar Himalajów / Phörpa / The Cup
2003 Podróżnicy i magowie / Chang Hup Thengi Thruel Nang / Travellers and Magicians
2013 Vara: A Blessing
2016 Hema Hema / Hema Hema / Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait
2019 Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache

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