US Trailer for Hu Bo’s First and Final Film ‘An Elephant Sitting Still’

Hu Bo's First And Final Film

The U.S. trailer has arrived for Hu Bo’s slow-moving drama An Elephant Sitting Still, which unfolds during the course of one day and follows the intertwined struggles of its characters.

The directorial debut and (sadly) the last film of the Chinese author-turned-filmmaker Hu Bo debuted in February 2018 at the 68th Berlin Film Festival and went on to be honored with the FIPRESCI prize, and it has also played at numerous other festivals.

Starring Yuchang Peng, Yu Zhang, Uvin Wang, and Congxi Li, you can check out the new trailer below. An Elephant Sitting Still opens on March 8 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Hu Bo's First And Final Film

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 downward spiral in which they find themselves. Among them is schoolboy Bu, on the run after pushing Shuai down the stairs, who was bullying him. Bu’s classmate Ling has run away from her mother and fallen for the charms of her teacher. Shuai’s older brother Cheng feels responsible for the suicide of a friend. And finally, along with many other characters whose fates are inextricably bound together, there’s Mr. Wang, a sprightly pensioner whose son wants to send him to a home. 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.