Soul Carriage

Arthouse | Drama | 2007 | China / UK | 88 min. Color

Conrad Clark

Cast: Yang Feng Jun, Jia Hong & Chen Jiao Ying


A young building company employee has no money even to celebrate his birthday with a few beers. Asking his boss for a loan, the only thing he gets is the corpse of another employee dead on the job that the company wants done away with on the quiet. Carrying the body in his van, the youngster tries to return the dead man to his family.

Festivals | Highlights

WINNER: WP and Prized at San Sebastian 2007 Best Director //Asiatica Film Mediale-Rome 2007 //Spirit of Fire-Siberia 2008// Goteborg iff 2008 // MAMI Mumbai IFF 2008 // Tiburon IFF–San Francisco 2008 // New films/New Directors–New York 2008 // Guadalajara IFF 2008 // Gulf Film Festival–Dubai 2008 // Nanjing independent Film Festival–China 2008 // Off Camera IFF–Poland 2008

Goteborg Guadalajara


SCREEN : Conrad Clark's Soul Carriage is original in two important ways. Firstly because the 28-year-old British director's debut film is entirely set in south-eastern China , with Chinese actors and dialogue. Secondly because Clark, an anthropology graduate, appears to have immersed himself not only in the language and culture of his chosen setting but in the laconic cine-verite style of certain Chinese Sixth Generation fillmakers. If it weren't for Clark 's name on the credits, this road movie about a construction worker who is given the job of ferrying a dead colleague's body back to his home town could pass for an early Jia Zhangke. VARIETY :Perhaps groundbreakingly, and certainly daringly, 'Soul Carriage' was shot by a debutante English helmer, in Mandarin, in China. …. pic won the Altadis New Director's award at San Sebastian, and could see extensive fest play in Asian territories and elsewhere.

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