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The Regent is proud to announce a very special event: the one-off screening of the most talked about film of recent years to come out of China. 
AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL is the electrifying debut movie by Hu Bo, a young writer and director who soon after completing the movie tragically took his own life at age 29 in 2017. 
At four-hours of length, the movie is the portrait of a problematic society seen during one single suspenseful day, from dawn to dusk. Its protagonists are four troubled individuals living in a decrepit industrial town in northern China. Wei Bu is a schoolboy on the run after pushing his bullying schoolmate Yu Shuai down the stairs; Yu Shuai’s older brother Yu Cheng feels responsible for the suicide of a friend; Wei Bu’s classmate Huang Ling has run away from home and fallen in love with one of her teachers; Wang Jin is an older man whose daughter and son-in-law want to abandon him in a nursing home. The four become obsessed with the idea of going to Manzhouli, a town rumored to have an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. For the four protagonists, Manzhouli becomes the possibility of escaping the downward spiral in which they are trapped. 
Loosely adapted from one of the two novels Hu Bo wrote before his death, AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL is suffused with a sense of despair. It is reminiscent of the work of film makers like the great Hungarian director Bela Tarr, whom Hu Bo studied under. The movie has participated in the most important international film festivals worldwide and has won many awards and rave reviews from film critics, hailing it as one of the greatest modern examples of political cinema.
The Regent will be one of the few cinemas in Australia to screen this very special and unique film. 


The screening will be at 3pm on Sunday 15th September. Tickets $18/$15 available at the Regent or on www.trybooking.com/538752.



Love chatting about movies with like-minded people? Join us for a discussion every third Friday of the month after the 6:00pm screening. There is no fee to become a member of our Film Chat Group.
Italian cafe’ Bacaro’s special $10 meal offer to the participants to Film Chat on the third Friday of the month. Orders can be placed when buying the ticket for the film and the food will be delivered and ready by the end of the screening, to be enjoyed during the film discussion. The meal options will be:
- Minestrone with croutons
- Spinach and ricotta quiche with salad
- Beef lasagna
Drinks available at the Regent bar. 



Home made dim-sum, spring rolls and other south-east Asian delicacies available at the Regent. Vegetarian options available.
Saturdays 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Sundays 12:30pm to 7:30pm


Enjoy a film on Thursdays at kids ticket prices ($8.00). Plus on Thursdays enjoy two glasses of bubbly for the price of one....!
Note that cheap Thursday deals dont apply during school holiday periods.

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overlooking town