Bei Xi Mo Shou

Zhao Liang
FRA, China 2015
94 min

Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to leave as the meadow areas dwindle. In the moonlight, iron mines are brightly lit throughout the night. Workers who operate the drilling machines must stay awake. The fight is tortuous, against the machine and against themselves. Meanwhile, coal miners are busy filling trucks with coals. Wearing a coal-dust mask, they become ghostlike creatures. “In ‘The divine Comedy’, Dante travels in his dreams through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. In BEHEMOTH I borrowed this idea and depicted an enormous industry chain. The color of red, grey and blue represents respectively Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Through the contemplative gaze of this film, I investigate the living conditions of industrial workers as well as the shortsighted urban development.” (Zhao Liang)

  • Zhao Liang
  • Sylvie Blum
  • Zhao Lang
  • Chen Yao
  • Hu Mengchu
  • Cao Rui
  • Li Guocheng
  • Fabrice Rouaud
  • Alain Mahé
  • Huzy
INA, Arte France


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