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An Elephant Sitting Still
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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An Elephant Sitting Still
Sat Apr 06: 2.30pm
Sun Apr 07: 6.30pm
Sun Apr 14: 2.00pm, 6.30pm
Wed Apr 17: 6.00pm

Bo Hu
China
2018
3h 50m

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Sure to be remembered as a landmark in Chinese cinema, this intensely felt epic marks a career cut tragically short: its debut director Hu Bo took his life in October 2017, at the age of 29. The protagonist of this modern reworking of the tale of Jason and the Argonauts is teenage Wei Bu, who critically injures a school bully by accident. Over a single, eventful day, he crosses paths with a classmate, an elderly neighbor, and the bullys older brother, all of them bearing their own individual burdens, and all drawn as if by gravity to the city of Manzhouli, where a mythical elephant is said to sit, indifferent to a cruel world. Full of moody close-ups and virtuosic tracking shots, An Elephant Sitting Still is nothing short of a masterpiece.

An Elephant Sitting Still unfolds like a frozen cross between Paul Thomas Andersons Magnolia and Jia Zhangkes A Touch of Sin (complete with the light flourish of magical-realism that marriage would lead you to expect)  David Ehrlich, IndieWire

An act of solemn, disciplined and passionate protest.  New York Times

Hu paints a picture of existential malaise with such a fine-tuned control of mood, imagery and pacing that the end result resembles a marriage of Jia Zhangke and Bela Tarr.  Screen Daily

The films images extricate beauty from the most dismal of situations and together with his actors, all of whom deliver performances of astounding sensitivity  Sight and Sound

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Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States


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