KINGS OF THE WIND AND ELECTRIC QUEENS
Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz | India, France 2014 | 56 Min. | OmeU
The Sonepur Fair in India is about to begin!Known to be the largest cattle market in Asia, elephants, birds, horses or camels are traded there since hundreds of years. With its whirlwinds of dust rising from the ground, the fair is also the opportunity for a gigantic carnival. This is where gather all the fairground people of the most infamous state of India, making it the core of the bihari popular culture. And the characters of Kings of the Wind & Electric Queensare its best representatives. Colourful multitudes cut through the dusty, sticky air as the ecstatic sound of drums fills the space. An event like no other, it’s a carnival of magical realism inhabited by exotic dancers, exorcists, stuntmen and elephant tamers.Each has his rituals, prayers, his methods to accumulate and master the energy of the fair, both mechanical and organic, magic and electric. The film is full of sensual extravagance, that its meaning couldn’t be more complex and multilayered .