Compétition internationale
46th edition
NOVEMBER 15>23, 2024, Nantes - France

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The Ditch

by WANG Bing

The Ditch 5

The Ditch, directed by Wang Bing, is also his first fiction feature film. What strikes us immediately is the logic with which it finds it place right after his precedent movies. At the end of the 1950s, the Chinese government condemned thousands of citizens – considered ‘right wing dissidents’– to forced labor camps. Deported for re-education to the Northwest of the country, in the middle of the Gobi Desert. Based on testimonies of survivors that the director has gathered or collected (including Yang Xianhui’s book), the film gives an account of the inhumane detention conditions. By selecting fiction, Wang lays bare a dramatic hidden chapter of China’s history. Forced into hiding because of his long-time cinematographic project Wang Bing’s special working conditions seem to guide the film into a form that merges fully with the subject. Fenming’s words and those of the taciturn man with no name foreshadow the existence of a ditch in the desert, rewriting a blind page of a nation’s history that Wang Bing’s work continues to build. JB

  • Titre français
    Le Fossé
  • Original title
  • Titre international
    The Ditch
  • Scénario
    Wang Bing
  • Adaptation
    d’après Goodbye, Jiabiangou de Yang Xianhui et le témoignage de Ti Zhongz Heng et d’autres survivants
  • Photo
    Lu Sheng
  • Montage
    Marie-Hélène Dozo
  • Son
    Ren Liang, Pierre Gamet, Hélène Le Morvan, Emmanuel Crozet
  • Interprétation
    Li Xiangnian, Lu Ye, Lian Renjun, Xu Cenzi, Yang Haoyu, Cheng Zhengwu, Jing Niansong
  • Production
    Wil Productions Ltd, Les Films de l’étranger
  • Coproduction
    Entre Chien et Loup Sébastien Delloye, Diana Elbaum
  • Ventes internationales
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