Cai ChengjieTian Tian, Wen Xinyu
2017 / Putonghua / 118 minutes / DCP / Colour, B&W
When Er Hou is widowed for the third time, the credulous locals in her village believe she is cursed. The young woman turns superstition to her advantage, rebranding herself as a shaman, peddling life advice and supernatural quick fixes in return for food and shelter. A blend of wry cynicism and magical realism, director Cai Chengjie’s debut feature examines superstition, opportunism and the moral vacuum in an impoverished part of China. Winner of Hivos Tiger Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam.