|26.02. / Wednesday, 22:00 - 01:00 Theatre 5|
In an isolated asylum fifty men live 12 months a year locked on one floor, with few contact with the outside world, even with the medical team. Each has been committed for a different reason: they have mental problems, killed people, or have upset some local officials. But once inside, they share the same empty life, walking along the same iron wire fence courtyard, looking for comfort and human warmth. Like a reality show stripped of any kind of glamour, a digital camera observes the patients while they kill time and wait for the day when they are – possibly – released, even if a release only means being able to enjoy the comfort of a slightly larger prison. Four hours in the company of people who live in sheer defiance.
Wang Bing is a producer, director and cinematographer born in Shaanxi province, China. He studied photography at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and cinematography at Beijing Film Academy. Since 1999, Wang has worked on making independent films. His first feature documentary, the nine-hour West of the Tracks (2003) gained international acclaim. His other films include Three Sisters (2012), The Ditch (2010), Man with No Name (2009), A Journal of Crude Oil (2008), He Fengming: A Chinese Memoir (2007).
Japan, France, Hong Kong
2013, 227', DCP
Wang Bing, Liu Xianhui
Adam Kerby, Wang Bing
Louise Prince, Wang Bing
Y Production, Moviola
Festivals & Awards:
Venice International Film Festival 2013; CPH:DOX 2013; Toronto International Film Festival 2013; Vancouver International Film Festival 2013; Brisbane International Film Festival 2013; Busan International Film Festival 2013
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