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China
2018, 234 min

Section: Another View

  1C5 Friday 29/6 18:30 Čas Cinema
  455 Monday 2/7 20:00 Cinema B
  7K6 Thursday 5/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema

In the city of Manzhouli they say they have an elephant that sits and sits all day long. The peculiar legend about the apathetic pachyderm introduces a beautifully filmed elegy, in which four dejected protagonists bumble through a hopeless day. One of the most important film events of this year’s Berlinale, if not the entire festival season, screened in the Forum section away from the fight for those prestigious Bears.


Synopsis

In the city of Manzhouli they say they have an elephant that just sits and sits all day long. Hard to say whether he’s reached a rare state of inner peace or just given up on living a full life… This peculiar legend introduces one of the most important film events of this year’s Berlinale, if not the entire festival season, and was screened in the Forum sidebar away from the fight for those prestigious Bears. A poignant tale of four dejected protagonists who bumble through a hopeless day, the picture captures the immobility of tormented individuals – something common to man and an apathetic pachyderm as well. A superbly filmed elegy, the first and last work from the Chinese filmmaker, who took his own life last fall at age 29.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Hu Bo (b. 1988, Jinan, Shangdong, China – 2017, Beijing). Filmography: Distant Father (2014, short), Fleeing by Night (2014, short), An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

Contacts

Rediance
Room 2701 Tower B, Stay City, Chaoyang Dist., , Beijing
China
E-mail: info@rediancefilms.com

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
   
Director: Hu Bo
Screenplay: Hu Bo
Dir. of Photography: Fan Chao
Music: Lun Hua
Editor: Hu Bo
Art Director: Xie Lija
Producer: Liu Xuan
Production: Dongchun Films Co., Ltd
Cast: Zhang Yu, Peng Yuchang, Wang Yuwen, Liu Congxi
Sales: Rediance
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