Öndög

Directed by Wang Quan’an
2019
Mongolia
96 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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An offbeat murder mystery twists into an eccentric romantic comedy – and much more – in this gloriously filmed yarn set on the Mongolian steppe.

The seventh feature by Sixth Generation Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan'an marks a triumphant return to the Mongolian landscape so memorably featured in his Berlin Golden Bear winner Tuya's Marriage (2006). At first Wang seems to be in crime noir territory. A body is found in the middle of nowhere and a virginal rookie cop is assigned to secure the scene. Entering the picture is a rifle-toting, camel-riding and thoroughly self-sufficient Herdswoman who takes the cop and the story off in delightfully unpredictable directions. Wang's whimsical tale of love, life, death and modernity features staggeringly beautiful imagery and marvellous performances from a non-professional cast.

By the time the memorable and surprisingly sweet finale rolls around, we’ve all but forgotten we began with a cruel murder.
Andrew Gutman, Sight & Sound
Its sweet, slow-burn strangeness sends up a column of smoke that can be seen for miles.
Jessica Kiang, Variety

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Sun 9 June
6:30pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
7:10pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
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Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Mongolia
Language
In Mongolian with English subtitles
Director
Wang Quan’an
Producer
Wang Quan’an
Cast
Dulamjav Enkhtaivan, Aorigeletu , Norovsambuu Batmunkh
Screenwriter
Wang Quan’an
Cinematographer
Aymerick Pilarski
Editor
Yang Wenjian
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Crime, Gender & Sexuality, Asia, Focus on Women
Company Credits
World Sales: Arclight Films
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