The Horse Thief, dir. Tian Zhuangzhuang, China 1986, 88 min., Mandarin & Tibetan with English subtitles, PG
A resplendent centrepiece in Tian Zhuangzhuang’s loose trilogy about ethnic minorities, The Horse Thief
portrays a young man being cast out from his clan and left to fend for himself in the mountains with his wife and child. From this simple premise, Tian creates a sublime visual masterpiece that explores the relationship between man and nature.
The film is showing from an original print from the ICA’s UK release in 1987.
Celluloid Sunday is a series of screenings showing on original format from the ICA Archive.