The Enigma of Arrival

Directed by Song Wen
Fortissimo Films
2018
112 Minutes
China
Mandarin
Drama
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After many years, a group of college friends reunite. They have not seen each other since the disappearance of Dondong, a girl they all secretly fancied. The circumstances of her disappearance caused the end of their friendship. A lot has remained unsaid. Until now.

Cast

  • Li Xian
  • Gu Xuan
  • Dong Borui
  • Lin Xiaofan
  • Highest Rating
    "‘The Enigma of Arrival’ is a dreamy dramatic thriller. Award-winning editor Yang Hongyu, whose past work includes Angels Wear White, Berlinale winner Black Coal, Thin Ice and John Woo’s Red Cliff, delivers another hit. "
    Zhuo-Ning Su, The Film Stage
  • Highest Rating
    "This film combines a naturalistic depiction of young people’s lives in China with an engaging crime/mystery drama in a way that is well worth watching."
    Nicholas Olczak, Eastern Kicks
  • Highest Rating
    "The Enigma of Arrival is filled with suspense and drama."
    Richard Yu, Cinema Escapist
  • Highest Rating
    "A melancholy ode to ruined friendship and the nostalgia of bygone adolescent possibility, Enigma of Arrival is a suitably abstract effort from the founder of the XINING FIRST International Film Festival and signals a bold new voice on the Chinese indie scene."
    Hayley Scanlon, Windows on Worlds

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Beijing Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Busan Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Singapore Chinese Film Festival
Official Selection
Asian Film Festival Barcelona