The masterful new documentary from Wang Bing is an intimate, observational portrait of a peasant family who eke out a humble existence in a small village set against the stunning mountain landscapes of China’s Yunnan province. —TIFF
Wang Bing (Chinese: 王兵; pinyin: Wáng Bìng) (born 1967 in Shaanxi) is a Chinese director, often referred to as one of the foremost figures in documentary film-making. Wang is the founder of his own production company, Wang Bing Studios, which produces most of his films. Wang’s 9 hour epic documentary of industrial China, Tie Xi Qu was considered a major success. Tie Xi Qu went on to win the Grand Prix at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film and was shown for the first time in Spain at the Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival. Wang’s film, Fengming, a Chinese Memoir, premiered at both Cannes and Toronto in 2007. More recently Crude Oil premiered at the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival. —Wikipedia
My favourite of 2012 http://filmmakermagazine.com/61262-adam-cooks-ten-best-films-of-2012/
FNC '12 Documentarian Wang Bing trains his eye on a family in Yunnan province barely getting by in their daily struggle. It focuses on three sisters (10, 6 and 4 years old) who despite their grim upbringing still manage to convey the fact their children within their play, behaviour and squabbles. The film is an observational challenge for both filmmaker and audience but well worth the effort in later reflection.
I saw the film at the Busan FF where it is presented this year. This film is incredible, what an amazing picture of nowadays China it gives, without any judgments or any coments, Wang Bing delivers for our eyes an angle that is too much (if not always) forgotten about China. A moving and estonishing view about family, love and changes! A definite must see that really was worth the Venice Orizzonti award it received.
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