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An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

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Globe Cinema

617 8 Avenue Southwest

Calgary, AB T2P 1H1

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A work of tremendous emotional power and enormous ambition, An Elephant Sitting Still is both the debut and, tragically, the final feature film by filmmaker and novelist Hu Bo, who passes away during postproduction. Having studied under the great Béla Tarr, Hu demonstrates some common affinities with the Hungarian master, as testified to by both the presiding sense of desolation as well as an affinity for lengthy tracking shots. Set in a crumbling urban outpost in the country’s north-east, An Elephant Sitting Sill tells the intersecting stories of four characters united through mishap and misadventure as they struggle to transcend their condition of alienation. Though a film about characters at risk of being crushed by their circumstances, and hardly an optimistic vision, Hu’s film demands finally to be appreciated as a study in human resilience.

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