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The Horse Thief 4K
A film by Tian Zhuangzhuang
Year|1986 Duration|88 min Language|Tibetan Country|China World Premiere|Cannes Classics


In 1923, tribesman Norbu steals horses to support his family. After committing a robbery, he and his family are banished by their tribe and live in exile. Norbu prays devotedly but to no avail. Sudden deaths of his loved ones begin shaking his Buddhist faith, and he steals horses again. When caught as a thief and almost beaten to death, Norbu crawls up to the sky burial ground with the last ounce of his strength.
Presented by Xi’An Film Studio. 4K Scan and 4K Digital Restoration from the 35mm original camera negative. Restoration financed and made by China Film Archive, with guidance from director Tian Zhuangzhuang and cinematographer Hou Yong.


Tian Zhuangzhuang

Born in Beijing in 1952 and graduated from Beijing Film Academy, Tian Zhuangzhuang is one of the most prominent filmmakers of China’s fifth generation. He was the former head of directing department at Beijing Film Academy. His films were awarded in major festivals, including Venice, Berlin, Tokyo and Shanghai.


Xi’An Film Studio
China Film Archive


Tseshang Rinzhin, Dan Jiji


Script: Zhang Rui
Cinematography: Hou Yong, Zhao Fei
Art Design: Huo Jianqi
Music: Qu Xiaosong
Sound: Hui Dongzhi
Editor: Li Jingzhong, Li Kezhi


Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Classics

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