Three Sisters by Wang Bing

When 16 May 2013
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Where Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.)
New York, NY 10003
United States
Enquiry 212 477 2714

Wang Bing, THREE SISTERS / SAN ZI MEI (2012, 153 min, digital video). Special thanks to Isabelle Glachant (Chinese Shadows)

Thursday, May 16 2013, 7:30pm

A documentary film by Wang Bing in Mandarin with English subtitles, 2012, 153 min, digital video.

Press Release:

One of the most important documentary filmmakers of his generation, and perhaps the preeminent chronicler of contemporary China, Wang Bing returns to the non-fiction realm – following his first fiction feature, THE DITCH (2010) – with THREE SISTERS, a patient, penetrating, and heartbreaking portrait of three young girls living and laboring with their family in a small mountain village in southwest China. As he so clearly demonstrated in his towering, 9-hour WEST OF THE TRACKS (2003), Wang is a master of long-form documentary filmmaking, and here he portrays the lives of his three protagonists, as well as the community and the landscapes around them, with an extraordinary sensitivity, openness, and clarity of vision.

“Wang’s concern with those who do not fit in with the image of neo-capitalist super-modernity imposed by the country’s elites is at the heart of his remarkable new documentary, THREE SISTERS. Filmed in a remote mountain village in Yunnan, China – where roughly eighty families raise livestock and cultivate potatoes at an altitude of 3,200 meters – Wang’s beautifully realized film follows the lives of one such family, capturing their day-to-day existence with startling intimacy. […] With modest confidence and masterly control, Wang constructs his filmic chronicle on the rhythms of daily life and imbues his images with an almost painterly aesthetic, from the muted colors of the stunning mountain landscapes to the striking backlit compositions within the family’s humble homestead. A triumph of observational filmmaking, THREE SISTERS opens a window onto an unfamiliar world, and renders the quotidian strangely magical.”–Giovanna Fulvi, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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