SAT JUNE 4, 2022 2:00 PM

AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | ‘BLEAK WEEK: Cinema of Despair’ Series 

  • RELEASED IN: 2018
  • 230 MINUTES
  • DIRECTED BY: HU BO

ABOUT THE FILM:

Filmmaker Hu Bo’s beautiful, yet furious tale of nihilistic rage is set under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, where different protagonists’ lives are intertwined over the course of one single, tension-filled day. While protecting his friend from a dangerous school bully, 16-year-old Wei Bu pushes the tormentor down a staircase. Wei escapes the scene and later learns that the bully is hospitalized and gravely injured. Wei’s neighbor, the 60-year-old Wang Jin, is estranged from his family and, with nothing to lose, decides to join him. Later the pair is joined by Huang Ling, Wei’s classmate, who is bedeviled by a destructive affair with a married school official. Together, this unlikely and desperate trio, decide their only hope is to flee as the bully’s gangster brother, enraged parents, and vindictive school authorities embark on a cold-blooded hunt for Wei across town.

“Powerfully Absorbing…An act of solemn, disciplined and passionate protest!” —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“This film will be with us forever.”Béla Tarr 

FORMAT: DCP

DISTRIBUTOR: KimStim

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