An Elephant Sitting Still

Directed by Bo Hu
  • China
  • 3hr 50min
  • 2018
  • Mandarin with English Subtitles

In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, locals speak of an elephant who just sits there, never moving or responding. The story becomes a fixation for the characters in this film, who long to escape from the lives in which they find themselves. Chinese filmmaker Bo Hu’s ambitious and critically acclaimed debut feature takes place over the course of one day and focuses on various people left behind in China’s reach towards ongoing economic advancement. The story centres on a group of disaffected young people living in a city where the prospect of career or personal fulfilment seem remote. The political is always the personal in this epic tale of the need for security and redemption. Tragically, Bo Hu’s stirring first film is also his last - he ended his own life at the age of 29.  

From dawn to dusk, Bo Hu's magisterial masterpiece charts the struggles of a disparate group left behind by the Chinese boom.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Yu Zhang
Yuchang Peng
Uvin Wang

Schedule & Tickets

3 Mar 11:00 Omniplex Rathmines