Old Stone

Canada/China 2016. Dir: Johnny Ma. 80 min. DCP

Johnny Ma’s impressive feature debut takes us on an unnerving trip through China’s social strata. For taxi driver Lao Shi (Chen Gang, extraordinary), every day is a fight for his family’s economic survival. One day, he accidentally hits a motorcyclist. When the ambulance takes too long to arrive, Lao drives the injured man to the hospital himself, only to discover that he’s now legally responsible for the medical bills. Plunged into a bureaucratic nightmare and faced with financial ruin, he is forced to embrace retribution as his only possible escape. Ma’s film begins as an observant social-realist drama and turns into a furious, bloody film noir. But even as Old Stone goes into full cinematic overdrive, it runs on an engine of humanism and empathy. Best Canadian First Feature Film, TIFF. — Magali Simard, TIFF


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“A remarkably mature debut ... Spine-chilling.”

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“Gripping ... A refreshing and solid debut.”

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