Tuesday, May 1

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An Elephant Sitting Still

FREE and open to the public.

Special Premiere Screening!

Presented by Crows and Sparrows and the Emergent Visions film series of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University

AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL / 大象席地而坐 (2018) dir Hu Bo w/Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Wang Yuwen, Congxi Li [230 min; Digital]
Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists’ lives are intertwined in this lugubrious tale of nihilistic rage. To protect his friend, 16-year-old Wei Bu pushes the school bully down a staircase and escapes the scene after the bully becomes hospitalized with his life hanging by a thread. Wei’s neighbor, the 60-year-old Wang Jin, is estranged from his family and decides to join him. Huang Ling, Wei’s classmate, is bedeviled by an affair with a school official. Together, the desperate three decide to flee as the wounded bully’s hooligan brother, the school authorities, and the parents all go on a cold-blooded hunt for Wei across town. As Wei treads through the wilderness, he finally confronts his own reality. He later boards a long-distance bus with Huang and Wang toward Manchuria, where a circus elephant is said to be sitting still.

Official Selection of the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, and the New Directors/New Films 2018 presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA.

FREE and open to the public. In Mandarin with English Subtitles