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An Elephant Sitting Still
大象席地而坐
A film by Hu Bo
Year|2018 Duration|234 min Language|Mandarin Country|China World Premiere|Berlinale Forum

SYNOPSIS

Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists’ lives are intertwined in this lugubrious tale of nihilistic rage.
To protect his friend, 16-year-old WEI Bu pushes the school bully down the staircase and escapes the scene after the bully becomes hospitalized with his life hanging by a thread. WEI’s neighbor, the 60-year-old WANG Jin, is estranged from his family and decides to join him. HUANG Ling, WEI’s classmate, is bedeviled by an affair with the school official. Together, the desperate three decide to flee as the wounded bully’s hooligan brother, the school authorities and the parents all go on a cold-blooded hunt for WEI across town. As WEI treads through the wilderness, he finally confronts his own reality. In the end, he boards a long-distance bus with HUANG and WANG toward Manchuria, where a circus elephant is said to be sitting still.

DIRECTOR'S BIO

Hu Bo

Born in 1988 in China, Hu Bo graduated from Beijing Film Academy with a B.F.A. degree in directing. His finished two short films Distant Father and Night Runner in 2014.An Elephant Sitting Still was selected by the FIRST International Film Festival Financing Forum in 2016 and he participated in FIRST Training Camp under the supervision of Béla Tarr the year after. He has also written two novels, Huge Crack and Bullfrog, both published in 2017. Hu Bo took his own life soon after finishing An Elephant Sitting Still.

PRODUCTION COMPANY

CAST

Zhang Yu, Peng Yuchang, Wang Yuwen, Li Congxi

KEY CREW

Script: Hu Bo
Camera: Fan Chao
Sound: Bai Ruizhou
Editor: Hu Bo
Music: Hua Lun
Art Design: Xie Lijia
Sound: Lou Kun

SELECTED FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Berlin International Film Festival
Forum - FIPRESCI Prize
GWFF BEST FIRST FEATURE AWARD - Special Mention

Golden Horse Film Festival
Best Feature Film
Best Adapted Screenplay

New Horizons International Film Festival
Audience Award

Hong Kong International Film Festival
Audience Choice Award

Locarno Film Festival
Histoire(s) du cinéma: Tribute Pierre Rissient

IndiesLisboa
Universities Award

New Directors/New Films

Toronto International Film Festival

Singapore International Film Festival

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