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Öndög in the Berlinale competition : the Silence of the Steppe

The horizon is the line that separates the sky from the earth. In inner Mongolia, she seems to be infinite. A whole country as a single horizon. In soul calm Cinemascope, of course. As the highest elevation, as a country brand is a Majesty serves hand-in-hand, in the end, the Bactrian, between the humps of a shepherdess riding yells. Most of the time. Sometimes, when the only settlement comes far and wide in the search of images reminiscent of the view of smoke somewhere a power plant chimney. Excitement? . At this Distance bounces any dramatic emotion. Only the Wind is blowing, sometimes stronger, sometimes weaker.

Wang Quan'an's Comedy "Öndög", which begins as a Thriller, jumping from a dead to a living woman. The Dead man lies naked in the grass sea and had to be guarded overnight by a police officer (Norovsambuu Batmunkh). His cell phone sells him the boredom. To ward off Hunger, cold and a corpse who is interested wolf it is less.

As the only man is in need of help within a hundred kilometers, the shepherdess (Dulamjav Enkhtaivan). She teaches the young officials in the fast-rate Smoking, Drinking, and Flirting. The coitus in the night Steppe is proving to be a Bactrian beargwöhnter act that is terminated in favor of the survival of important actions quickly. In no time, the shepherdess, the, gun in Hand and shot in the dark, the snarling she-wolf. Campfire looks different.

degree Without script in Mongolia

the Chinese Director with Mongolian ancestors of a proven to be certainly not an excellent stylization proud, but of the Modern, beleaguered nomadic people has in mind, Wang Quan'an in 2007. Since he won with the also of this glowing landscape and the taciturn scarcity of its inhabitants-drenched Drama "Tuyas marriage" in the Golden bear. Since 2002, as he showed in the Forum of his debut film, "Yue Shi", the 1965-born Director regular guest at the Berlinale, was sitting in the Jury, showed in the competition, two more each with it's Silver bear-winning films.

However, one wants to return to Wang Quan'an's long-time cinematographer Lutz reitemeier, whom he had met in Berlin,. His successor, Aymerick Pilarski can-abstract blue-grey Clouds and yellow Grass, to condense as hatched-acting Total. But the jiggling hand-held camera makes you seasick viewers.

After several years of hiatus Wang Quan was driven’, and without a prefabricated script in Mongolia. The story inspired the filming locations. According to reduced and fragmented it is. Where "Öndög" accompanied his heroine not only by the Calving of a cow, but also when you Pick up a pregnancy test.

Berlinale 2019 - competitive film view more images of 1 of 25Foto: By Amesen / Berlinale29.01.2019 09:18The Chinese Director Wang Quan'an returns with "Öndög" in the Mongolian Steppe, where his bear-winner...Back More

tells Pleasantly of course, the Film, like the satellite dish in front of the Yurt, the Steppe is not a place of archaism. Strange only that a stubborn bachelorette as the shepherdess, which the people call "dinosaurs", their sheep, not to slaughter, but for the help of your neighbors in need.

The shepherd (Aorigeletu) comes with the bike sputters, as soon as you request help. And because he is more than just a friend, he brings you a day, a Öndög, a petrified dinosaur Egg. A souvenir that is certainly to be taken metaphorically. In contrast to the Film, the philosophising in the face of the Void, nor projected or poetisiert, but exactly told what he shows.

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