I can heartily second Nigel Andrews’ five star review for An Elephant Sitting Still (December 20). However, his disbelief at its being awarded best feature film at the 2018 Golden Horse Awards can be dispelled since these are not run in the People’s Republic, as Mr Andrews implies, but in Taipei.
Given the festival’s relative political independence, it’s not hard for the Golden Horse Awards to be seen as the most prestigious for Chinese cinema. Since Beijing clings to the insistence that Taiwan is “part of China”, it is then difficult for them to deny that the awards are “Chinese”.
On a more practical level for us members of the proletariat not privileged to go to press screenings, it is worth pointing out to readers that, at the only location in southern England where the four-hour film is being shown, the ICA cinema, there is no heating. Readers are advised to bring extra sweaters and blankets. Their devotion will be rewarded.
London N1, UK
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