This short documentary follows a convoy of trucks on the coal road linking the Shanxi mines with the large port of Tianjin, in northern China. Along the route we encounter haggling and blackmail from roadside criminals and corrupt policemen. As the coal moves between different buyers and sellers, Wang patiently observes the endless attempts to extract a profit. It was shown as a double bill with Man with No Name.
Coal Money was part of our Festival focus on Wang Bing, for information about other screenings see Wang Bing: Industrial Films.
Wang Bing was born in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China in 1967, and studied photography at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art in 1992, and cinematography at Beijing Film Academy in 1995. He began his independent filmmaking career in 1999.
Wang Bing is a leading figure of the exciting documentary movement within Chinese cinema over the last decade. He is renowned for his epic documentaries, from the vast nine-hour panorama of a dying industrial factory town in West of the Tracks to Crude Oil’s real-time portrait of the working day of oil extraction workers. His films offer profound meditations on history, industry and human suffering caused by the inexorable progress of modern China, forging a rare intimacy with everyday life.
Curated by AV Festival. English Premiere.
(Double bill with Man with No Name)
Tue 4 March 2014, 7.30pm
Newcastle NE1 2NP
Original Language Title: L'Argent du Charbon
Language: Chinese with English subtitles
Production Company: Les films d’ici, Serge Lalou
DoP: Wang Bing
Editor: Catherine Rascon
Sound: Stéphane Larrat
Sales: Doc and Film International: Hannah Horner
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