BITTER MONEY

Wang Bing

China, France 152 min min Documentary

Synopsis

In a fast growing city of East China, migrants have been arriving and living for a dream of a better life. But what they fnd there is little opportunities and poor living conditions that push people, even couples, into violent and oppressive relations. Xiao Min, Ling Ling and Lao Yeh are some of the characters of this bitter chronicle of today China. *Catalan première

Festivals and Awards
Best Screenplay Orizzonti in Venice | Golden Lady Harimaguada in Las Palmas | Montreal | Mar del Plata | Belgrado

Filmmaker

Wang Bing

He studied photography at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, an industrial city where, years later, he would film West of the Tracks. From there he moved on to the Beijing Film Academy, where he discovered the work of Antonioni, Bergman, Pasolini and Tarkovsky. In 2002 he made West of the Tracks, a nine-hour documentary about the decline of a vast industrial zone in North-East China. Since then, he has continued to work in the same mode. In 2014, he had a major show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and in 2017 won the Golden Leopard at Locarno for Mrs. Fang. In 2021, Le BAL in Paris mounted an exhibition entitled “The Walking Eye”, and the French Cinematheque presented a retrospective of his films.

Filmography: Man in Black (2023), Youth (Spring) (2023, D'A 2024), Beauty Lives in Freedom, Gao Ertai (2018), Dead Souls (2018), 15 Hours (2017), Mrs. Fang (2017, D'A 2018), Bitter Money (2016, D'A 2017), Ta’ang (2016), Father and Sons (2014), Traces (short film, 2014), 'Til Madness Do Us Part (2013), Alone (2012), Three Sisters (2012), The Ditch (2010), Man With No Name (2009), Coal Money (mid-length film, 2008), Crude Oil (2008), Brutality Factory (short film, 2007), Fengming, a Chinese Memoir (2007), Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2003)

Wang Bing

Film information

Original Title: Ku Qian
Director: Wang Bing
Script: Wang Bing
Contact: Pyramde
Country: China, France
Year: 2016
Format: DCP
Length: 152 min min
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Spanish, Catalan, English
Edition: 2017