West of the Tracks

  • China
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This saga in three episodes patiently draws up the inventory of an economic collapse. In Tiexi Qu, formerly a major industrial region in the north-east of China, industrial sites have been closing one after the other in recent years, and their labouring classes have been left to waste away. Filming during several years, the director monitored the everyday life of these people who, like the seriously-ill, suddenly have free time on their hands: resigned, foreign to a world that has abandoned them, alone, with no prospects for the future. We witness a slow, inevitable industrial collapse as much as the empty existence of its patient victims, to which the film offers a last asylum. FID Marseille


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  • Original title
    Tie Xi Qu
  • Direction
  • Dir. of Photo.
    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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