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Berlinale Co-Production Market , HAF, CineMart
Old Stone

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Old Stone (Lao Shi)

Directed by Johnny Ma

  • China, Canada 2016; 80 min
  • Original version: Mandarin
  • Genre: Drama
    • City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film - Toronto IFF
    • Best Director, Best Original Screenplay - Stockholm IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Vladivostok IFF

  • From the director of TEN THOUSAND HAPPINESS presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market
    From the director of TEN THOUSAND HAPPINESS presented at HAF
    From the director of TO LIVE TO SING presented at CineMart

Press Quotes

Old Stone lays bare how the country's foundering social fabric through an individual's descent into the dark recesses of his soul.

Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

Chinese-Canadian helmer-scribe Johnny Ma makes a remarkably mature debut, exposing with stunning clarity the infuriating red tape and flawed logic of China’s system regarding criminal responsibility and insurance policies.

Maggie Lee, Variety

Dre and compelling.

David Ehrlich, IndieWire


'Old Stone' ('Lao Shi'): Berlin Review

Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

Berlin Film Review: ‘Old Stone’

Maggie Lee, Variety

‘Old Stone’ Review: Johnny Ma’s Debut Is a Gritty Moral Thriller About the Perils of Doing The Right Thing

David Ehrlich , IndieWire