Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 10, 2019 8:30 PM
Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:97 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Wang Quan'an
Producer:Wang Quan'an
Screenwriter:Wang Quan'an
Cinematographer:Aymerick Pilarski
Editor:Wang Quan'an
Yang Wenjian
Cast:Dulamjav Enkhtaivan
Norovsambuu Batmunkh
Gangtemuer Arild
Print Source:Arclight Films
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Stunningly shot by French cinematographer Aymerick Pilarski, Öndög is a film of unforgettable images. The vast expanse of glowing golden grasslands and blazing blue skies of the rural Mongolian landscape is a character unto itself, dwarfing the protagonists in the latest from Chinese director Wang Quan’an (Tuya’s Marriage). Built on the unexpected, this offbeat love story begins with the discovery of a body and explores often absurd collisions between ancient tradition and ruptures of modernity: a satellite dish attached to a yurt, mobile phones that can play Elvis tunes or summon assistance for slaughtering a lamb or birthing a calf. Populated with a cast of nonprofessionals (and an extremely charismatic Bactrian camel) who bring a lived-in authenticity to their characters, this story of a murder, a rookie cop, and an exceedingly capable herdswoman called “Dinosaur” is a wise folktale of sweet, slow-burn strangeness, a playful and profound contemplation of humanity in the endless, timeless scope of the universe.


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Additional Information

Wang Quan'an was born in Yan'an, Shaanxi, China, in 1965. A 1991 graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, he made his feature debut with Lunar Eclipse (1999), followed by The Story of Ermei (2004); Tuya’s Marriage (2006), winner of the Golden Bear and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival; Weaving Girl (2009); Apart Together, winner of the Silver Bear at Berlin (2010); White Deer Plain (2011); and Öndög (2019).