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An Elephant Sitting Still
(Da xiang xi di er zuo)

by HU Bo


They say that somewhere in the Chinese countryside, in the vicinity of Manzhouli city, an escaped circus elephant sits a all day long meditating on the baseness of the world. While awaiting to join the animal, the residents must find the strength to keep this dream alive in this vast and wretched post-industrial city in northern China – a world in limbo that seems to entrap its inhabitants as hostages unable to escape. The film is clearly the greatest Chinese discovery of 2018 but will sadly be the only feature made by its young director-novelist. Hu Bo took his own life on 12 October 2017 at age 28. “If you don’t understand poetry, you have lost half of your life”, remarks one of the film’s characters. JB

  • Titre français
    An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Original title
    Da xiang xi di er zuo
  • Titre international
    An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Son
    Ruizhou Bai, Sam Fan, Jinxi Liu, Kun Lou, Longlong Wang, Mike Xu, Zhongyang Xu, Jianpeng Zheng
  • Musique
    Hua Lun
  • Production
    Dongchun Films
  • Distribution
    Capricci Films :
  • Support de projection
  • Ratio

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