Zhili, the Chinese garment capital. Life is bustling in all directions, to the rhythm of sewing machines. Here is where all the rural youth living along the Yangtze River come to find work. ”Qingchun” – ”Youth (Spring)” immerses itself in this precarious and intensely hard-working society, where hope is still allowed. For five years, from 2014 to 2019, Wang Bing took his camera and filmed these textile workers up close and personal.
Wang Bing CN/FR/LU/NL 2023 212 min | Mandarin
Born 1967 in Xi’an, China. He studied at the Beijing Film Academy until 1996. With his three-part long-term documentary Tie Xi Qu/Tiexi District: West of the Tracks, he caused a sensation at international festivals in 2003. Wang Bing now lives in Paris because of the difficult production conditions.
Films Tie Xi Qu (Tiexi District:West of the Tracks) 2003 | He Fengming (Fengming, a Chinese Memoir) 2007 (3. UX) | L’argent du charbon (Coal Money) 2008 (4. UX) Cai you ri ji (Crude Oil) 2008 (4. UX) | ’Til Madness Do Us Part 2013 (9. UX) | Ta’ang 2016 (11. UX) Mrs. Fang 2017 | 15 Hours 2017 | Dead Souls 2018 (13.UX) | Youth (Spring) 2023 | Man in Black 2023 (18. UX)
Credits B: Wang Bing | K: Yoshitaka Maeda, Shan Xiaohui, Song Yang, Liu Xianhui, Ding Bihan, Wang Bing | S: Dominique Auvray, Xu Bingyuan, Liyo Gong | T: Ranko Paukovic | P: Vincent Wang, Sonia Buchman, Nicolas R. de la Mothe, Mao Hui | V: Pyramide Films