Director Hu Bo’s first and last film, ‘An Elephant Sitting Still,’ captures critics’ attention at Berlinale

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/2/25 18:13:40

An Elephant Sitting Still, a Chinese indie film set in the country's northern city of Manzhouli was granted a Special Mention by the jury of the GWFF Best First Feature Award on Saturday at the 68th Berlin film festival, which came to an end on Sunday.

Focusing on the intertwined relationship among four troubled people living in the city that sits on the Russian border, the 230-minute film directed and written by late Chinese director Hu Bo premiered in the Berlinale's forum section to a "packed house" on February 16, according to a review on Chinese entertainment news portal on February 17.

The gloomy film captured the attention of quite a number of overseas press outlets and critics. The Hollywood Reporter noted that the film has "attained instant cult status among critics at the Berlinale," while a review by the British Film InsHunagtitute calls it "a shattering, soul-searching Chinese debut."

The film was also awarded the FIPRESCI Prize by the International Federation of Film Critics ahead of the Berlinale awards ceremony on Saturday.

Hu, 29, committed suicide in late 2017, making Elephant the director's first and last feature film.


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