An Elephant Sitting Still
HU Bo | 胡波
China | 230 minutes | 2018 | Fiction | Mandarin Chinese | English Subtitles
中国 | 230 分钟 | 2018 | 虚构 | 普通话 | 英文字幕
Berlin International Film Festival 2018 – FIPRESCI Prize, International Forum of New Cinema
2018 柏林国际电影节 – 影评人费比西奖（论坛单元）
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2018 – Best Feature Film, Best Adapted Screenplay
2018 台北金马影展 – 最佳剧情片、最佳改编剧本
2:00 – 6:00 PM, SUN, JAN 27
Innis Town Hall
Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists’ lives are intertwined in this furious tale of nihilistic rage. While protecting his friend from a dangerous school bully, 16-year-old WEI Bu pushes the tormentor down a staircase. WEI escapes the scene and later learns that the bully is hospitalized and gravely injured.WEI’s neighbor, the 60-year-old WANG Jin, is estranged from his family and, with nothing to lose, decides to join him. Later the pair is joined by HUANG Ling, WEI’s classmate.She is bedeviled by a destructive affair with a married school official. Together, this unlikely and desperate trio, decide their only hope is to flee as the bully’s gangster brother, enraged parents, and vindictive school authorities embark on a cold-blooded hunt for WEI across town. As WEI threads his way through the urban wilderness, he begins to cometo terms with his own lost life. In the end, he boards a long-distance bus with HUANG and WANG toward a city in Manchuria, where it is a rumored that a circus elephant is said to be sitting still, seemingly oblivious to pain and tribulations of the world at large.
Hu Bo (Writer and Director) Born in 1988 in China, Hu Bo graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 2014 with a B.F.A. degree in directing. His short film Distant Father (2014) won Best Director at Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival, and Night Runner (2014) was selected by Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy. His debut feature An Elephant Sitting Still, which was then still in progress, was selected by the FIRST International Film Festival Financing Forum in 2016. In the following year, Hu Bo participated in FIRST Training Camp under the supervision of Béla Tarr, where he completed the short film Man in the Well. 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.
- Director 导演：HU Bo 胡波
- Principal Cast 主演：ZHANG Yu 章宇、 PENG Yuchang 彭昱畅、WANG Yuwen 王玉雯、LI Congxi 李从喜
- Screenplay 编剧：HU Bo 胡波
- Cinematographer 摄影：FAN Chao 范超
- Editor 剪辑：HU Bo 胡波
- Production Designer 美术指导: XIE Lijia
- Sound 音效：REN Yiming