Öndög

A naked woman is found murdered in the Mongolian steppe. Overnight, a young and inexperienced policeman has to secure the crime scene. Since he is not familiar with the dangers on site, a local herder is sent to guard him and the body. This resolute woman in her mid-thirties knows how to handle a rifle – and how to scare away wolves. She lights a fire against the cold. Alcohol also helps them to stay warm. At her instigation, the two get closer to each other. The next morning, they will go their separate ways.
At the centre of this film is a tenacious woman in the uninhabited expanse of the steppe. This otherwise self-sufficient herder, known to everyone as ‘dinosaur’, only tolerates her caring neighbour when there is a problem with her herd. Anything that goes beyond that, she brusquely rejects. As for herself and her future, she has her very own plan, one which is related to the lonely landscape and its myths. The setting of this film is far more than just a backdrop; rather, its own singular reality seeps into the narrative. The story itself is full of comic moments and surprising twists and turns; it also handles existential themes in a beautifully casual fashion.
by Wang Quan’an
with Dulamjav Enkhtaivan, Aorigeletu, Norovsambuu Batmunkh, Gangtemuer Arild
Mongolia 2019 Mongolian,  Subtitles: English,  German 100’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Dulamjav Enkhtaivan (Herdswoman)
  • Aorigeletu (Herdsman)
  • Norovsambuu Batmunkh (Young Policeman)
  • Gangtemuer Arild (Chief of Police)

Crew

Written and directed byWang Quan'an
CinematographyAymerick Pilarski
EditingYang Wenjian
Sound DesignWang Changrui
SoundWang Xuliang
Production DesignBater
CostumesWurichaihu
Make-upQiqige Zhalan
CastingBaode
Assistant DirectorByambatsogt Dashnyam
Production ManagerYuan Hui
ProducerWang Quan'an
Executive ProducerByambatsogt Dashnyam

Produced by

New Theatre Union

Ulan-Bator, Mongolia

+976 858 88818

World sales

Arclight Films

Beverly Hills, USA

+1 310 7778855

www.arclightfilms.com www.arclightfilms.com

Wang Quan’an

The Chinese screenwriter and director graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1991. His debut film, Yue Shi (Lunar Eclipse), screened in the Berlinale Forum in 2002; two years later, Jingzhe (The Story Of Er Mei) screened in Panorama. His third feature film, Tu ya de hun shi (Tuyas Marriage) won the Golden Bear for Best Film in 2007. His drama Tuan Yuan (Apart Together) was the Berlinale’s opening film in 2010 when it won the Silver Bear for Best Script; Bai lu yuan (White Deer Plain) screened in the 2012 Competition. He was a member of the International Jury in 2017.

Filmography

1999 Yue shi (Lunar Eclipse) 2004 Jingzhe (The Story of Ermei) 2007 Tu ya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage) 2009 Fang zhi gu niang (Weaving Girl) 2010 Tuan yuan (Apart Together) 2012 Bai lu yuan (White Deer Plain) 2019 Öndög

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Dates

Feb 08 22:15

Berlinale Palast

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Feb 09 09:30

Haus der Berliner Festspiele

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Feb 09 12:15

Friedrichstadt-Palast

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Feb 09 18:00

Friedrichstadt-Palast

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Feb 17 12:45

Berlinale Palast

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