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18+

2015, China-Hong Kong
88 min., col., language — Mongolian

Directors Darhad Erdenibulag, Emyr ap Richard
Scriptwriter Emyr ap Richard
DoP Matthieu Laclau
Production design Darhad Erdenibulag, Emyr ap Richard
Sound Yang Zhang
Editing Matthieu Laclau
Cast Bayin, Jula, Yirgui, Altanochir, Zandaraa, Nomindalai, Ariuma, Urinshaa, Norbu, Oyunsang
Producers Jia Zhangke, Emyr ap Richard, Justine O, Zhang Dong, Tao Li, Tsiring, Zhao Siyuan
Production Xstream Pictures, East Light Film Limited, Beijing Y&Y Film Development Co., Ltd.
Sales Xstream Pictures

You’ve heard this one before, a land surveyor named K arrives in a distant village and becomes ensnared in the nearby castle’s procedural machinations. Yet this time round, things are different. As K traverses the vast Inner Mongolian plain, there’s no castle on the horizon and his arrival in the village is merely an abrupt awakening on a sunny afternoon. His two leather-clad assistants are hardly as alike as snakes, and Jeremiah, not Artur is to be their name. This village is nearly all interiors, tight shots of hallways, lobbies and antechambers in various shades of white, green and blue. Old wirelesses play crackly 40s-tinged jazz, calls are taken on an orange rotary dial telephone and jumbo jets thunder overhead, a place archaic and modern in equal measure.

  • Jury prize and FIPRESCI prize; Hong Kong IFF-2015

DARHARD ERDENIBULAG
Director. Born in Ordos, Mongolia in 1978. Specialized in the fine arts and worked as an interior designer before beginning to shoot documentaries for the Mongolian TV and working as a set photographer on various productions. His documentary «Ovoo» won numerous prizes and was presented at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

EMYR AP RICHARD
Director. Born in Carmarthenshire, Wales, in 1981. He worked for the Welsh language television station S4C before moving to live in Inner Mongolia, where he worked as a freelance photographer, writer, and English-Mongolian translator. After «The First Aggregate» (2012), which he co-directed with Darhard Erdenibulag, «K» is Emyr ap Richard’s second feature-length film.