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Dead Souls

The product of more than ten years of work, Wang Bing’s latest work is more than just a film. A painstaking compilation of testimonials, as precise as they are devastating, Dead Souls is a crucially important historical document. After He Fengming (2007) and The Ditch (2010), Wang Bing looks back at China’s post-war reeducation camps. Through survivors’ chilling stories, Wang exposes the cruelty inmates experienced and, especially, the workings of the implacable and terrifying political machine that set out, in the mid1950s, to crush all opposition both real and imagined. The remains abandoned in the Gobi Desert remind us of the staggering death toll, and the witnesses’ accounts leave no doubt : no one escaped alive. (BD)

Les âmes mortes

  • Country : France, Switzerland
  • Year : 2018
  • V.O : Mandarin
  • Subtitles : English and French
  • Duration : 495 MIN
  • Cinematography : Wang Bing
  • Editing : Catherine Rascon
  • Production : Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlé, Wang Bing, Louise Prince
  • Sound Design : Raphaël Girardot, Adrien Kessler
Filmography of Wang Bing :

À l'ouest des rails (1999-2003)
Fengming, chronique d'une femme chinoise (2007)
Les trois soeurs du Yunnan (2012)
Ta'ang (2016)
Madame Fang (2017)

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