The Coffin in the Mountain

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China | 2014 | 119 minutes | Yukun Xin

A suspenseful whodunit drama revolving around the fallout from the discovery and mistakenly identified human remains found atop the mountain of a remote Chinese village. A dark and playful moralistic fable.

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A charred corpse found atop the mountain of a remote Chinese village ties together three interlocking, time-hopping stories about the moral ambiguity and mortal fears inherent in humanity. In the first, young Zongyao (Xiaotian Wang) has returned to the village of his upbringing for a short visit, and after butting heads with his stern father Xio Weiguo (Weimin Huo) finds solace in an old lover. Claiming she is pregnant, their elation is short-lived after Zongyao accidentally kills a local thug. The two flee to a nearby city, but a guilt-ridden Zongyao considers confessing to his crime. In the second story, Baoshan (Shengjie Shao ) and Liqin (Li Sun), who are carrying on an adulterous affair, conspire to murder Liqin’s abusive husband, only to learn that somebody may have already taken care of him. But is the body in the woods her husband, or a case of mistaken identity? In the final story, Xio Weiguo must pick up the pieces of his shattered village, leading to decisions that could irrevocably compromise his moral compass and his family forever. As these anecdotes collide into each other, the village emerges as a microcosm of our mad society.

Director Biography
Xin Yukun, 30, majored in Cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy. His short film Seven Nights played many festivals on the international circuit. He worked three years on the writing of script of The Coffin In The Mountain.

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  • Original Language Title: Binguan
  • Director: Yukun Xin
  • Principal Cast: Weimin Huo, Xiaotian Wang, Yun Luo, Yuzen Yang, Li Sun
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: China
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Producer: Jiangzhou Ren
  • Screenplay: Yuanliang Feng, Yukun Xin
  • Cinematographers: Shan He
  • Editors: Yukun Xin
  • Music: Lei Zhang
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Warsaw Film Festival 2014 (Grand Prix), Venice Film Festival 2014, Akai International (Best Revelation)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Intramovies