'Til Madness Do Us Part

  • 228'
  • Hong Kong
  • 2013
Ever since his overwhelming, nine-hour Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, Wang Bing has been regarded as one of today’s greatest documentary filmmakers, one who demands patience from his viewers but rewards it amply. For his latest film, he stayed for months in a half-open psychiatric institution in a provincial town in South China and edited about 280 hours of film into this four-hour documentary. In the (doubtless) stinking, badly (not) maintained spaces where the men stand, sleep, talk, quarrel, wash or urinate close together, Wang’s camera observes them with absolute respect and endless sympathy.
Wang: 'This film approaches them at a time when they are abandoned by their families and society. There is no freedom in this hospital. But when men are locked behind bars, they are capable of creating a new world, without restrictions of morality or behaviour. Under the night light, their bodies are like ghosts, craving love, physical or sentimental.’

Director
Wang Bing
Countries of production
Hong Kong, France, Japan
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
228'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Feng ai
Language
Mandarin
Producers
Louise Prince, Wang Bing, Miyuki Takei
Production Companies
Y Production, Moviola
Sales
Y Production
Cinematography
Wang Bing, Liu Xianhui
Editor
Wang Bing, Adam Kerby
Sound Design
Zhang Mu