Archive of films An Elephant Sitting Still / Da xiang xi di er zuo
2018, 234 min
Section: Another View
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.
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.
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)
Room 2701 Tower B, Stay City, Chaoyang Dist., , Beijing
About the film
|Dir. of Photography:||Fan Chao|
|Art Director:||Xie Lija|
|Production:||Dongchun Films Co., Ltd|
|Cast:||Zhang Yu, Peng Yuchang, Wang Yuwen, Liu Congxi|