Cheon-dang-ui Bam-gua-ahn-gae

After the South Korean film critic Jung Sung-il saw Wang Bing’s monumental, nine-hour documentary Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks at IFFR 2003, he wanted to make a film about him. Years later, Wang invited the critic to come to the Chinese province of Yunnan, where he was working a whole winter long on two documentaries: the sequel to Three Sisters (2012) and the film ’Til Madness Do Us Part (2013), situated in a mental hospital.
In Night and Fog in Zona, Jung talks to Wang about his ideas on cinema, in which the concept of time is crucial and for both of them Tarkovsky is a hero. Jung’s style mirrors that of Wang, not only in length (his ‘cine essay’ lasts almost 4 hours) but also in his predilection for observational long takes, the absence of a voiceover, abstract landscapes and minimalist music. One of the most beautiful shots shows a sleeping Wang in slow motion: time has congealed even more.



Filmmaker
Jung Sung-il
Premiere
International premiere
Country
South Korea
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
235’
Language
Mandarin, Korean
Producer
Kim Jongwon, Park Young-eun
Production Company
Kino
Sales
M-Line Distribution
Writer
Jung Sung-il
Cinematography
Yang Gunyoung, Lee Jinkeun
Editor
Jung Sung-il, Park Youngun