The Widowed Witch

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    The Widowed Witch

    Directed by

    China

    2018

    120 min

    • Mandarin

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • Hivos Tiger Award - International Film Festival Rotterdam
    • FIPRESCI Award - Vladivostok IFF Pacific Meridian

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Tian Tian
    Wen Xinyu
    Wang Qilin
    Wang Fuyou
    Yang Shuyou
    Gao Pengcheng
    Li Wenfu
    Zhao Shulin
    Screenplay
    Cai Chengjie
    Cinematography
    Jiao Feng
    Editing
    Li Cheng
    Music
    Jin Weiye
    Li Qiang
    Sales
    REDIANCE
    Production
    BEIJING GLAZED SKY PRODUCTION
    Cai Chengjie

    Cai Chengjie

    China

    Cai Chengjie (1980, China) graduated from Shaanxi Technology University, where he studied Art Design. Previously, he worked as director for Chinese television, and THE WIDOWED WITCH (2018) marks his feature film debut.