Taming the Horse


GU Tao | 古涛

Canada | 124 minutes | 2017 | Documentary | Mandarin Chinese | English Subtitles | 14A
加拿大 | 124 分钟 | 2017 | 纪录片 | 普通话 | 英文字幕 | 14A
Toronto Premiere 多伦多首映

The 20th Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) – Grand Prize For Best Canadian Feature
第20届蒙特利尔国际纪录片电影节 – 加拿大长片大奖

The 39th Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes – Montgolfière d’or
第39届南特三大洲电影节 – 金气球大奖

12:00 – 2:30 PM, SAT, AUG 11
Innis Town Hall
Screening + Panel Talk

Growing up on the wind-blown plains of Inner Mongolia, Dong developed an unbridled spirit and a belief in the virtues of simple living. When his family, like millions of others during China’s economic reform, migrated south seeking opportunity, Dong’s spirited ideals were at odds with the values of a rapidly modernizing society in the early throws of consumerist frenzy. More than a decade later, Dong is a dreamer who has lost his way, a loser in derision, spiritually alienated and socially troubled—a listless young adult battling bouts of depression and substance abuse without a sense of place or purpose in his own society.

When an old friend and filmmaker returns to the city with a video camera in hand on the eve of Dong’s 30th birthday, something in him stirs and he begins pouring out his most intimate thoughts. Over the course of a year, filmmaker GU Tao accompanies Dong in his struggles with family and society, sex and love, identity and survival as a young man in modern China. The resulting portrait is of a difficult and divisive young man; a sympathetic record on the human condition in contemporary China; a raw cry for truth, a longing for a better life.





Director 导演

GU Tao was born in Wenchuan, Sichuan Province in China. He initiated his artistic endeavours in 1998 as an experimental radio host in China, and soon after began exploring a variety of creative media. From 2004 to 2007, he studied in Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, majoring in Film Production. Upon his arrival in Canada, his cinematic work shifted towards experimental filmmaking. The films he created have been shown in over 60 film/art festivals worldwide, including Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, and won numerous world-renowned prizes including the “Special Jury Prize” at International Short Film Festival-Clermont-Ferrand, “Best Director” at Curta Cinema Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, “Canadian Top 10” at Toronto International Film Festival. The Globe and Mail complimented Tao’s film as “the high-art side of Canada’s Sundance roster” (Guy, Dixon, Jan. 20, 2011).


他的实验电影《On the Way to the Sea》受邀映演于美国日舞影展、荷兰鹿特丹国际电影节、日本山形纪录片影展、美国迈阿密Perez Art美术馆等全球四十多个影展并获得多座奖项,例如法国克雷蒙费宏国际短片影展实验电影单元评审团特别奖,并被多伦多国际电影节评为2010年度加拿大十佳短片。



Credits 演职员名单

  • Director 导演:GU Tao 古涛
  • Producer 制片人:YANG Aonan 杨奥楠、YU Xun 余迅、GU Tao 古涛
  • Cinematographer 摄影:YU Xun 余迅
  • Editor 剪辑:GU Tao 古涛
  • Sound 音效:Catherine Van Der Donckt
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