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"In chronicling individual, present-day lives, Wang gives a sense of his country's recent history. The films rarely delve directly into discussions of government policies, with works such as 2007's FENGMING: A CHINESE MEMOIR and 2010's THE DITCH (which recall the fates of victims of the Cultural Revolution through documentary interviewing and fictionalized re-enactments, respectively) proving more exceptions than rules in this regard."

"Political critiques are instead largely left implicit, and made through Wang's act of allying himself with people that have been pushed onto his culture's fringes. The films suggest that China's transition from Maoism to an assimilation of capitalism has not only failed to improve, but actually worsened the lives of many of its citizens, who survive in spite of it. The people that Wang records are ones who move him, as evidenced by his willingness to let them guide the films." Aaron Cutler, Cineaste

“In the films of Chinese documentarian Wang Bing, time expands to such leviathan extremes they make you feel as though you’ve been forced into a staring contest with reality. Even at their most static, his images vibrate with a corrosive, pent-up energy, intensified by the sense that much of the marginal, rural, and post-industrial life they capture is in the process of vanishing.”Andrew Chan, Film Comment

Wang Bing has been a leading documentary filmmaker of the burgeoning independent documentary scene in China for the past decade. Acclaimed by critics and recognized as one of the most important Chinese artists and filmmakers of his time, his work has garnered awards and international praise at major film festivals.

Born in Shaanxi, a province in central China in 1967, Wang first studied photography at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art before studying cinematography at Beijing Film Academy. He began his career as an independent filmmaker in 1999. Released in 2003, his directorial debut WEST OF TRACKS is a monumental documentary work, exceeding 9 hours in length, that was a great success internationally. Filmed in the northern Chinese district of Tiexi, WEST OF TRACKS is a strikingly profound contemplation on the lives of workers in the decaying industrial district. Since 2003, he has made 10 documentaries, many of which have been released in theaters, with THREE SISTERS receiving more than 45,000 viewers in France.

A retrospective of his entire oeuvre was presented recently in Centre Pompidou in Paris and will soon be at the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

In addition to documentaries, Wang also produced two acclaimed fiction films (BRUTALITY FACTORY and THE DITCH), a 14-hour long documentary video installation (CRUDE OIL), and a photographic series.

Icarus Films is proud to distribute two films by Wang Bing:

  • Bitter Money - Documents China's rapid economic and social transformation by following the rural workers who leave their Yunnan hometown to move to the city of Huzhou to work in its textile factories.

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part - The daily lives and loneliness of a group of men locked in one floor of a Chinese city's psychiatric institution.

  • Three Sisters - Three little sisters live alone in a small village in the high mountains of the Yunnan region. The little girls don't go to school, spending their days working in the fields or wandering in the village.

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