The NMNM and Archives Audiovisuelles de Monaco have initiated a collaboration through programming creations by artists whose practice places itself between cinema and contemporary art : films that are singular in the point of view of their form, their system of narration as well as their process of production or diffusion.For this 2014/2015 season, the Archives Audiovisuelles de Monaco’s Tout l’art du cinéma programme with the participation of L’Eclat, will screen Chines Director Wang Bing’s film, Man with no name.
Man with no name
Wu Ming Zhe
France, China – 2009 – color – 97min
Director : Wang Bing. Image : Wang Bing, Lu Songye. Sound : Fu Kang. Editing : Adam Kerby. Production : Wang Bing, Kong Lhong, Louise Prince. Distribution : Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. The story takes place in the ruins of an abandonned village surrounded by an old wall, where only one person lives, a 40 year-old man. He doesn’t have a name. During the day, he works like an animal in the ruins ; at nigh, he sleeps like a primitive man in a cave. In the winter, he comes out of his cave very early in the morning and goes very far, in the deserted fields, to gather sheep and cow feaces which he uses to fertilize his garden. In Spring, the village’s ruins arev covered in grass and he cultivates his garden while planting seeds. In the summer, he gathers little stones in the herbes to build a house. In Autumn, he harvests.
Born in 1967, Wang Bing is one of the foremost contemporary documentary filmmakers. His films are about important moments in Chinese history, focusing special attention on the small and great stories of those who personally suffer the tragic consequences of specific historic events. He began his career as a photographer at the Department of Photography of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts (1992) and at the Department of Cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy (1995). He made his debut as a film director in 2001 with the documentary Tie Xi Qu (West of the Tracks), a project conceived at an epic scale, which tells the story of the most ancient of Chinese industrial districts, Shenyang: the final version is a trilogy that lasts a total of 9 hours, transformed into the fascinating saga of a people and a nation. In 2007 he made He Fengming (Fengming, a Chinese Memoir), a documentary in which the director conducts a series of interviews with an elderly Chinese woman who reminisces about the critical moments in her life, and the short film Baoli Gongchang (Brutality Factory), an episode in the anthology film State of the World. His next project was another documentary of significant length, Yuan You (Crude Oil, 208) about a group of workers at an oil field in the Gobi Desert. In 2009 he filmed the documentary Tong Dao(Coal Money), presented at the Cinéma du Réel in Paris. In 2010 he participated in the Venice Film Festival with his film Le fossé (The Ditch), which was screened In Competition as the surprise film. It tells the true story of thousands of Chinese citizens who were accused of opposition to the regime in the late 1950’s, and were deported to the camp of Jiabiangou, in western China, and is based on the eyewitness accounts of people who lived through this experience. He returned in 2012 to win the Orizzonti Award with San zi mei (Three Sisters) about three sisters who live alone in a small mountain village in the Yunnan area.
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