UPDATE: CIFF44 CANCELLED

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } See Beyond

OLD STONE
(Lao Shi)

 

Year: 2016
Country: CHINA, CANADA
Run Time: 80 minutes

OLD STONE
OLD STONE
OLD STONE
OLD STONE

When a drunken passenger causes his taxi to seriously injure a motorcyclist, taxi driver Lao Shi rushes the cyclist to the hospital and saves his life. Although the cyclist survives after emergency surgery, he is now in a coma. Suddenly Lao is under investigation for both hurting and helping him (in violation of insurance and company policy) and is now responsible for the immense and ongoing medical bills. Lao is a good man, one with principles, who finds that nobody is able or willing to help. A cold, inept bureaucracy begins grinding him down. Even after locating the passenger responsible for the accident, who refuses to testify or aid him, Lao insists on doing the right thing—paying the bills, even at the risk of his own family’s welfare. But there is a line between principle and survival and soon Lao is pushed over it. Superbly paced and acted, OLD STONE is a tense and unsettling look at what emerges when a good man is fed into the mill of an uncaring and unjust system. (In Mandarin with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:55 PM

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Sidebar
PAN-ASIAN FILMS

Director
Johnny Ma

Johnny Ma was born in Shanghai, China. He immigrated to Canada at the age of ten. He attended Columbia University and received an M.F.A. in Directing and Speechwriting. He has directed a number of award-winning short films.

Filmography
OLD STONE (2016)

Producers
Wu Xianjian, Chi-an Lin, Jing Wang, Sarah Stallard

Screenwriting
Johnny Ma

Cinematography
Ming Kai Leung

Editing
Mike Long

Principal Cast
Chen Gang, Nai An, Wang Hongwei, Zhang Zebin, Luo Xue'er

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