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Panorama 21 - Les revenants | Wang Bing - La Fleur de l'âge | Le Fresnoy 2019
La Fleur de l'âge
Wang Bing (CN)
La Fleur de l'âge
Film -

Xiao Wei, Cao Cao, Fang Fang, Xiang Xiang, Yulan and Zuguo are 20-year-old Chinese people from the agricultural provinces of central China. As garment workers, they work tirelessly to one day be able to set up their own workshop, buy a house, and raise a child. Friendships and romantic relationships between them blossom with the seasons, and fall apart with the stress of bankruptcies and family pressures.
Zhilizhen (literally “weaving village”), the land of opportunities for migrants from the rural provinces of western China, is located in the Zhejiang Province, two hour’s drive from Shanghai. The city is located south of the Tai Hu Lake, early home of Chinese literature. Zhilizhen is the largest children garment manufacturing centre in the continent. Every year, hundreds of millions of pieces of clothing are produced there, and the turnover amounts to ten billion Euros a year.
The population has practically doubled since 2005 and totals about 300 000 inhabitants today. But only 100 000 people, from Zhilizhen, are considered to be local and have the right of residence. A minority of them owns the lands, the workshop premises, the dwellings, and they live off rental income. The others are migrants who, for the most part, have left agricultural regions to work in the textile industry. Some, who arrived more than ten years ago, now run their own workshops. A few have even made a fortune, but many others have gone bankrupt. The staff turnover is constant, including among the bosses.

Wang Bing
Wang Bing Chine

Director, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer. Born in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China, in 1967, Wang Bing studied photography at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art and cinematography at Beijing Film Academy. He began his career as an independent filmmaker in 1999. Discovered in 2003, West of Tracks (Tiexi Qu / 铁西区, an enormous documentary work of more than nine hours long, has garnered great success internationally. In addition to his feature documentaries (Three Sisters / San Zimei / 三姊妹, ‘Til Madness / Fengai/ 疯爱), he is also active in video installation (Crude Oil / Yuanyou / 原油, a fourteen hour film), fiction film (Brutality Factory / Baoli Gongchang / 暴力工厂, The Ditch / Jiabiangou / 夹边沟), and photography.

    Production : Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains