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Film | Retrospective of Wang Bing (2018-2019)

BCAF China Art Film Fund supported Wang Bing, one of the most influential Chinese filmmakers and artists, in the organization of his first major career retrospective in the US. Wang attended film screenings and Q&As in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington D.C., and Boston. The retrospective covered the director’s most well-known films, as well as his more recent work: Mrs. Fang, winner of the Golden Leopard Prize at the 2017 Locarno Film Festival; 15 Hours, video installation exhibited at Documenta 14; Dead Souls, included in the Official Selection at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival; Three Sisters, the Best Movie in the Horizons section of the 2012 Venice Film Festival; 'Til Madness Do Us Part, winner of the Montgolfière d’or at 2013 Festival des 3 Continents; West of the Tracks, Wang’s groundbreaking film of 2013; and Beauty Lives in Freedom , his latest work filmed in the US in 2018.

About Wang Bing

Born in 1967 in Xi’an, Wang is one of the foremost contemporary documentary filmmakers working today. His films are concerned with important moments in Chinese history, focusing special attention on the stories, both small and great, of those who personally suffer from the tragic consequences of specific historical events. In addition to documentaries, Wang has also made fiction films, video installation, and photographs. 

Wang’s work has garnered awards and critical praise at leading international film festivals, including the Venice International Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and Locarno International Film Festival. In 2006, Wang Bing was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. In 2014, he served as Jury President of the Madrid International Film Festival. In 2016, he was a jury member of the Locarno Film Festival’s competition, and he won the Golden Leopard there in 2017. In the same year, Wang’s works were acquired by and exhibited at important cultural institutions including documenta 14, Centre Pompidou in Paris, MoMA in New York and M+ in Hong Kong.

The Poster from'Til Madness Do Us Part, (Director: Wang Bing, 2013), Courtesy of Icarus Films.

Images Courtesy of Wang Bing.