One of the most interesting films at this year’s Berlinale. Director Wang Quan’an (winner of a Golden Bear for Tuya's Marriage in 2007) takes audiences on a journey through the Mongolian steppe. Expansive landscapes—seen through the stylish cinematography of Frenchman Aymerick Pilarski—are the scene of a mysterious crime. Tasked with solving the case is a young police officer, who establishes a relationship with an eccentric inhabitant of the steppe. Though Öndög begins like a classic detective story, it quickly turns into a hybrid love story and poetic social drama. Above all, however, it is an engaging story about tensions that arise between masculinity and femininity, tradition and modernity, innocence and adulthood. Quan’an’s reflections provide food for thought, but the director also knows how to seduce viewers with his unique sense of humor. Suffice it to say that Öndög contains perhaps the most creative use of Elvis Presley's hit song Love Me Tender since the memorable Wild at Heart.
Wang Quan’an was born in Yan’an, in China’s Shaanxi province, in 1965. He graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1991. One of the most important of China’s Sixth Generation directors. Unlike many of his colleagues, who mainly portray life in large metropolises, he is known above all for his penetrating images of the provinces. His best-known film is Tuya’s Marriage, for which he won a Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival in 2007 .
1999 Zaćmienie Księżyca / Yue shi / Lunar Eclipse
2004 Historia Ermei / Jing zhe / The Story of Ermei
2006 Małżeństwo Tui / Tuya de hun shi / Tuya's Marriage
2009 Tkaczka / Fang zhi gu niang / Weaving Girl
2010 Razem i osobno / Tuan yuan / Apart Together
2011 Równina białego jelenia / Bai lu yuan / White Deer Plain