Wang Bing


Wang Bing

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Wang Bing was born in 1967 in Xi’an. He studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Shenyang, the industrial city that he would years later film in West of the Tracks. After that, he is admitted at the Beijing Film Academy and discovers Antonioni, Bergman, Pasolini films. He has a special admiration for Andrei Tarkovsky. In the 1990s, he earns his living as a cameraman and assistant. The cinema and television functioning doesn’t suit him. He quickly realizes that he can’t develop within this system. He decides to get out of it and to self-produce his own films.

In 2002, he makes West of the Tracks, a 9-hour-long documentary about the decline of a huge industrial district in China. The second and third parts of this three-part work, released in cinemas in 2014, received the Grand Prix FIDMarseille 2013. This film is now considered both as a masterpiece and as a symbol of the possibilities offered by the advent of digital technology. Afterwards, he keeps working in the same manner, acting covertly and concentrating on difficult subjects, to say the least: the “anti-rightist” repression (Fengming, a Chinese Memoir and The Ditch), extreme poverty (Man With No Name and Three Sisters), life inside a psychiatric hospital (‘til Madness do us apart).

In April and May 2013, Paris’s Centre Pompidou dedicates a large exhibition to Wang Bing, which receives a unanimous ovation from the critics and the general public.



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