An Elephant Sitting Still


The Main 4 Fri, Apr 12, 2019 2:30 PM
The Main 5 Sun, Apr 21, 2019 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Festival Programs:Asian Frontiers
Tags:Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Release Year:2018
Runtime:230 min
Festivals & Awards:Berlin International Film Festival - Berlin Best First Feature Award Special Mention; FIPRESCI Prize
Hong Kong International Film Festival - Audience Choice Prize
55th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - Best Feature Film; Best Adapted Screenplay; Audience Choice
Language:Chinese (Mandarin)
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Kimstim
Director:Hu Bo
Producer:Liu Xuan
Cinematographer:Fan Chao
Screenwriter:Hu Bo
Editor:Hu Bo
Composer:Hua Lun
Principal Cast:Zhang Yu
Peng Yuchang
Wang Yuwen
Liu Congxi


A day in the life, An Elephant Sitting Still uncovers the fateful cord that connects four disparate characters in the industrial no-man's land of Northern China: Wei Bu, a disaffected teenager simmering from abuse at home and at school; Huang Ling, Wei Bu's apathetic friend and classmate who's hiding a secret; Wang Jin, an elderly man whose family wants to ship him off to a nursing home; and Yu Cheng, a gangster mired in personal problems. As their individual worlds start to spiral out of control, the narrative slowly and intimately brings their emotionally and physically interconnected lives into focus. Novelist Hu Bo's astounding debut feature will always be haunted by the fact that it is also his swan song—Hu committed suicide at the age of 29 shortly after the film was finished—but he leaves a nuance and unwavering portrait of life in the 21st century.

Director Biography

Hu Bo

The late filmmaker and novelist Hu Bo (1988-2017) accomplished several literary and cinematic triumphs during his short life. He published two novels, Huge Crack (17) and Bullfrog (17), and directed two short films, Distant Father (14) and Fleeing by Night (16).


4-Stars "[M]elancholic and mesmerising" - The Guardian