Within the gates of an isolated mental institution in in southwest China's Yunnan province, patients are confined to one single floor of a building. Once locked in, with little contact from the outside world, anything goes.
The facility's inmates have been committed for different reasons: perhaps they may have a developmental disability, have committed murder, or simply angered local officials. But once inside, they all share the same life and cramped living quarters, staring at a barren, iron-fenced courtyard and seeking comfort and human warmth wherever they can find it.
'TIL MADNESS DO US PART uses handheld camerawork and digital video to interrogate mental illness and criminality, therapy and incarceration, and the relationship between individuals and society. Riveting, terrifying, tender—and unforgettable.
"There are endurance tests, and then there is this... An unsparing chronicler of the abused and neglected in his country's darkest corners, Chinese documentarian Wang Bing pushes his starkly immersive strategies to a grueling yet empathetic extreme." —Justin Chang, Variety
2014 Rotterdam Film Festival
2014 Göteborg Film Festival
2014 Hong Kong Film Festival
2014 Sydney Film Festival
2014 Edinburgh Film Festival
2014 Melbourne Film Festival
2014 Geneva Film Festival
2013 Venice Film Festival
Winner, 2013 Festival des 3 Continents of Nantes
2013 Toronto Film Festival
2013 Rio Film Festival
2013 Busan Film Festival
2013 Golden Horse Festival
"Devastating; brings near microscopic attention to a slow drop of chaos, making each shot land like a new round of punishment." —Andrew Chan, Film Comment
"A Foucauldian vision, Bing's documentary lays the patient's plight and vulnerabilities bare before the camera." —Ela Bittencourt, The Brooklyn Rail
"Mundane activities such as dressing and undressing oneself, lighting a cigarette, and lying beneath a blanket with another inmate come to seem like peoples' declarations of their own humanity. ...In chronicling individual, present-day lives, Wang gives a sense of his country's recent history." —Aaron Cutler, Cineaste