Xun Ma (Canada,China)

Taming the Horse

Xun Ma

  • Tao Gu


Tao and Dong promised each other they’d return to the village where the latter grew up, in Inner Mongolia, before following his family, who left to find better fortune in a large city in Southern China. This voyage is a mere pretext meant to reconnect the two childhood friends, who were separated for ten years. With a rare sensitivity, Tao Gu films this companion, who was lost not only “from view”, approaching him stealthily to capture all of his tragic intensity, his disillusioned generosity. Dong is still a dreamer besotted with rock, an incensed body struggling to find money (he comes up with a jade business which does not work out), love, sex and, above all, to live following his own conceptions of liberty, under the ambiguous gaze of his parents and his “successful” brother. Through this portrait of a hypersensitive soul struggling with a rapidly changing capitalist society, Taming the Horse transmits the energy imbued with hopelessness of Chinese youth trying to find its way between the lost paradise of childhood and a brutal confrontation with the reality of adulthood.

Emmanuel Chicon

Length: 124'
Country: Canada, China
Year: 2017
Language(s): Chinese
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2017


Aonan Yang  (GreenGround Productions)
Xun Yu
Tao Gu  (GreenGround Productions)

Sales Contact

Aonan Yang
GreenGround Productions
Tel. +15145810128


Language(s):  Chinese
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Th 27 April 2017
  • 14:15
Capitole Leone

Followed by a discussion

  • Fr 28 April 2017
  • 14:00