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It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Dec 312018
 

Icarus Films

A film by Cai Chengjie

The Widowed Witch

Available on iTunes, Amazon Video,
and DVD January 22

“Appealing eccentric!”

—Variety

“An astounding artistic achievement.”

—VCinema
 

“A blend of wry cynicism and
matter-of-fact mysticism.”

—Screen Daily

(120 minutes / in Mandarin w/English subtitles)

Winner of the top prize at the Rotterdam Film Festival, director Cai Chengjie’s debut feature is, like its titular protagonist, unexpectedly powerful and fiercely unpredictable.

Deemed cursed by the local villagers, three-time widow Er Hao (Tian Tian) has her hands full with a rogue fireworks explosion, a tagalong teenager, and a veritable army of crazed local men who can’t keep their hands off her. Turned away when she seeks shelter from her neighbors and forced to take up residence in a cold camper van, Er Hao’s future looks as bleak as the stark, snowy countryside.

A series of fluke changes in fortune causes Er Hao to embrace the mystical identity her villagers have assigned to her. As a sort of modern shaman, she steers superstitions into small subversions, helping others who once shunned her and proving that to survive as a woman is a kind of magic. Full of absurdist humor and a stunning array of visual styles, THE WIDOWED WITCH encompasses both magical realism and crushing social satire.

WINNER GOLDEN TIGER AWARD, ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER BEST DRAMA AND BEST DIRECTOR, FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION, LAS PALMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION, SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION, HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

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