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This saga is split into three episodes that patiently creates an inventory of economic collapse. In Tiexi Qu, formerly a major industrial region in the north-eastern China, industrial sites have been closing with alarming frequency in recent years, and their labouring classes have been left to helplessly to fend for themselves. Filming during several years, the director looks at the daily routine of these people who, like the seriously-ill, suddenly have free time on their hands. Feelings start to circulate around resignation, abandonment, and hopelessness. The viewer is made to observe this slow and inevitable industrial collapse and is also placed as witness to the empty existence of the victims it leaves, to which the film offers a last asylum.


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  • Original title
    Tie Xi Qu
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Wang Bing
  • Editing
    Wang Bing
  • Sound
    Lin Xudong
  • Duration
    557 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • China
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Awards
    • Lisbon International Documentary Festival, Grand Prize
    • Marseille Festival of Documentary Film, Grand Prize
    • Festival des 3 Continents, Golden Balloon Award, documentary section
    • Yamagata International Documentary Festival, Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize


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