East Coast Premiere


Country: China
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Original Title: lao shou

Running Time: 111min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition

Set in his hometown of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, writer-director Zhou Ziyang’s debut is a tough-minded tale of a family warring against a patriarch whose corruption is symptomatic of larger societal ailments.

Eager to feed his gambling addiction, spoil his mistress and play the poo-bah, Lao Yang steals the funds his children raised for his wife’s surgery. Everyone has been struggling in the years since Ordos invested in an ostensibly prosperous modernization project, and Lao’s ruthless transgression sets off a dispute that threatens to tear the already stressed-out family apart.

Drawing upon compellingly complex performances and strikingly emblematic images, Zhou is so good at balancing the intimate with the social in this story that feels as akin to great midcentury American drama as to the mounting troubles of modern China.

This film is also featured in the 2018 Film Festival’s Cinema & China film category.

OLD BEAST is preceded by the short film: A GENTLE NIGHT


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Director: Zhou Ziyang
Producer: Wang Xiaoshuai, Liu Xuan
Screenwriter: Zhou Ziyang
Production Company: Dongchun Films

Music: Song Yuzhe
Cinematographer: Delvaux Matthias
Editor: Liu Xinzhu

Cast: Tu Men, Wang Chaobei, Alatengwula, Yidanna, Wang Zizi

Zhou Ziyang

Zhou Ziyang is from Inner Mongolia, China. He is a graduate of the Art Designing School of Dalian Minzu University. Old Beast (17) is his feature debut as both screenwriter and director.