Knife in the Clear Water

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    Knife in the Clear Water

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    92 min


    In the remote mountains of Ningxia Province, old Ma Zishan is mourning his wife, loved by everyone in the village. On the occasion of the traditional 40-day ceremony since his passing, their son wants to sacrifice the only bull belonging to the family. Ma Zishan does not object, even if the grief and the love he feels for the old animal made him hesitate. But his prayers or even the imam fail to clear his doubts. Until one morning, the old bull stops drinking and eating, as if sensing his imminent death ...


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    • Best Director - Marrakech IFF
    • New Current Award - Award Busan IFF
    • Cinematography (Special Jury Mention), NETPAC Award - Hawaii IFF
    Wang Xuebo

    Wang Xuebo


    Wang Xuebo, born in December 1984, is an independent director, screenwriter and producer, who has produced a number of award-winning films, including THARLO (Pema Tseden, 2015), THE HAMMER AND SICKLE ARE SLEEPING (Geng Jun, 2013) and FREE AND EASY (Geng Jun, 2017). Script and preproduction work on KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER (2016), his debut film as director, was completed in 2010, while production was completed in 2016. The film won the New Currents Award at the Busan International Film Festival 2016.

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