Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Contemporary documentary film about China's transformation

The Filmoteca de Catalunya in Barcelona starts today the first part of Wang Bing’s epic, three-part documentary, “Tie Xi Qu: West of Tracks", a 9 hours' documentary about the breath-taking economic transformation of the Middle Kingdom at the beginning in the early years of the first decade of this century. It portrays the steaddy decline of the economy and the people's living conditions in the indusrialised north of China (near Shenyang), once a boyant ecomomic area of the country.

For more info read
Jeannette's Catsoulis' critics in the NYT.

For those of you who missed the 9 hours session at this year's BAFF, there is a second chance to see this important piece of documentary film history. The cicle starts today (22-05-07) at 7.30pm with "Rust", then it goes on on Wednesday at 7.00pm and concludes the following day (24-05-07) at 7.30pm with "Rails".

Part 1, “Rust”: 240 minutes
Part 2, “Remnants”: 175 minutes
Part 3, “Rails”: 130 minutes