An elephant sitting still

China, 2018, 230’

Director

Hu Bo

Producer

Dongyan Fu

Scenario

Hu Bo

Rights Holder

Rediance Films

DOP

Fan Chao

Cast

Zhang Yu, Peng Yuchang, Wang Yuwen, Liu Congxi

Production

Dongchun Films

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 on a long-distance bus toward Manchuria, where a circus elephant is said to be sitting still.


HONORS
2018 Berlin IFF (Germany) – Best First Feature Award, FIPRESCI Prize
Hong Kong IFF (China) – Audience Choice Award
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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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 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 2017 completed the short film MAN IN THE WELL under the supervision of Béla Tarr at the FIRST Training Camp. Author of novels Huge Crack and Bullfrog, both published in 2017.

Hu Bo took his own life soon after finishing AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL.

Selected filmography

2016 AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL

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