Knife in the Clear Water

  • Feature
  • 2016
  • 93 Minutes
  • China
  • Language: Mandarin

In the far mountains of Ningxia’s province, the old Ma Zishan and his son start mourning his wife. Loved by everyone in the village and the family, the son wants to sacrifice their only bull for her 40 days disappearance ceremony. Zishan isn’t against it, but his sorrow and his love for the old animal make him wonder. Even his prayers and the Imam don’t seem to erase his doubts. Until one morning the old bull stops eating and drinking. Has he seen the knife in the clear water?

Director: Wang Xuebo

Screenwriter: Wang Xuebo, Shi Shuqing, Ma jinlian

Production Company: Beijing Ocean&Time Culture Communication Co,.Ltd, Zhejiang Jiashang film and media Co., Ltd.


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Awards

2016: Marrakech IFF: Best Director Award

Busan IFF: New Currents Award

Vancouver IFF: Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema

Hawaii IFF: Special Jury Mention, Cinematography and the NETPAC Award

Tokyo FILMEX

Asia Pacific Screen Awards: Nominated for the UNESCO Cultural Diversity Award

Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival

COB NYC (China Onscreen Biennale)

Kerala IFF

2017: Rotterdam IFF

Gøteborg FF

Bengaluru IFF


Cast and Crew

DOP / Camera: Wang Weihua

Editor: Wang Xuebo, Guo Xiaodong, Liao Qingsong

Sound: Fukang

Producer: Wang Xuebo, Wang Zijian, Chen Cheng, Chen Jian

Cast: Yang Shengcang, Yang Shengcang, Zhou Jinhua, Yang Fan, Yang Xue


Director

Wang Xuebo

WANG Xuebo was born in December 1984. He started his film career as a producer, with films like Pema Tseden’s THARLO. The film premiered in Venice in 2015 and won many awards including at Tokyo FilmEx, Golden Horse awards, APSA, Vesoul. In 2010, he began working on a new project, KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER, which was completed in 2016. It is WANG Xuebo’s first feature.
As a FILM DIRECTOR KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER (2016)/ As a PRODUCER THARLO (2015), By Pema Tseden/ Producer THE HAMMER AND SICKLE ARE SLEEPING (2013), by GENG Jun/ Producer FREE AND EASY (2016), by GENG Jun

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