The Widowed Witch

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The Widowed Witch

Directed by Cai Chengjie

  • China 2018; 120 min
  • Original version: Mandarin
  • Genre: Drama
    • Hivos Tiger Award - International Film Festival Rotterdam
    • FIPRESCI Award - Vladivostok IFF Pacific Meridian


Life is rough for Erhao: widowed for the third time by an explosion at the fireworks factory she ran with her husband, she only just survives the accident. Semi-comatose and staying with her in-laws, she is raped by her brother-in-law. This sets her off on a quest through rural China that can perhaps also be seen as an escape fantasy. Together with her dead husband’s deaf brother, Erhao leaves her relatives’ home in search of somewhere that can offer warmth and shelter. But this is in short supply in a social climate as cold and hard as the icy winter landscape of The Widowed Witch. Mistrust, superstition and opportunism always trump empathy, but after Erhao is involved in a number of miraculous events she notices that the same mechanisms can work to her advantage.




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