VARANASI – CITY OF LIGHT
Harald Aue | India, Austria 2015 | 94 Min. | no Dialogue
Life and death in Varanasi, holiest of places of India, city of Shiva, the great burning site. There is no comment, no explanations, no inserts, no exemplifying words. The eye is left alone with what it sees, the circles of wood, water, marigold and bodies in the holy city. The Protagonists: holy men, pilgrims, boat builders, children, fishermen, dying people, the river, animals, dirt. Far from ordinary documentary aesthetics the film, with images and sounds alone, opens up its particular poetry. It´s an involvement with a strange, a mythological and fascinating world. The fim Varanasi – City of Light shows the run of two fictional days. From one sunrise it passes a night, arrives at the sunset of the next day.