The first and last film from the late Chinese director and author Hu Bo has a desolate beauty.

In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the world in which they find themselves.

In virtuoso visual compositions, the film tells the story of one single suspenseful day from dawn to dusk, when the train to Manzhouli is set to depart.

Reviews

An Elephant Sitting Still is a masterpiece and a new benchmark for 21st century Chinese cinema.
An uncompromising masterpiece. One of the films of the year.