When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi, a small-town taxi driver, to hit a motorcyclist, he stops to help the injured man. With no police assistance in sight he ends up taking the victim to the hospital, only to find himself liable for the man’s medical bills. Thus begins a bureaucratic nightmare and when Shi is faced with the possibility of losing his cab, his job and his family to his selfless act, he is driven to desperate measures.

The prevalence of hit-and-run incidents in China caught national and then global attention in 2011 when a 2-year-old girl was hit by a van, which promptly backed up to run her over again. In China, drivers only need to pay a small fine if their victims die, whereas injuring them results in a lifelong compensation commitment. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before morphing into a thrilling noir, »Old Stone« examines the repercussions of an accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion can cost you everything.

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Title
Old Stone
Director
Johnny MA
Country
China, Canada
Length
80 min
Festival
2016
Section
Competition
Language
Mandarin Chinese
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2016
Original title
Lao Shi
Cast
Gang Chen, Nai An, Hongwei Wang
Producer
Jing Wang

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