Madras Eyes (1998)

Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Gönül Dönmez-Colin

In this film within a film, Arun, an Indian director, is searching for an idea for his next film in the chaotic city of Madras. Suddenly he finds himself in front of a statue of the androgynous god Ardanari, who is half-man, half-woman. The ambiguity of this mysterious figure makes his imagination run wild. He begins a quest, which leads to Sharda, a young eunuch who agrees to tell the story of his life. Sharda's story blossoms against the background of the fantasies of Arun as in a popular Indian film. The relationship between the two is very intense and complicated. One day Sharda disappears -- in film and in reality. Madras Eyes was shot in Southern India in a real eunuch community where men dress and behave like women. Italian Ilaria Freccia started to make a documentary, but during the shooting, her perspective began to change, resulting in a drama partly based on real-life events. The director knows her material well as she has made several documentaries in India before. Madras Eyes was shown in the 1999 International Film festival in Rotterdam.



androgyny, director, eunuch, film, Native-American, quest, statue