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Youth (Spring)

Youth (Spring)

青春
Wang Bing
France, Luxembourg, Netherlands
2023
212 min
Dutch Premiere
Retrospective: Wang Bing
Synopsis

The Chinese textile city of Zhili has more than 18,000 garment workplaces. In these modestly sized private businesses, a total of around 300,000 workers produce vast quantities of children’s clothing. Kilometers of fabric are processed at an astonishing rate, because piecework incentivizes speedy production. Once the daily quota have been met, the dormitories are right next door.

Between 2014 and 2019, Wang Bing traveled through Zhili to portray everyday life in a variety of workplaces. He picks out the young migrant workers he follows closely from the crowd by giving them names and numbers.

In three and a half hours of long observational shots, he makes their reality palpable. Their lives are not only dictated by monotonous workdays and hierarchical labor relations—above all, they are very young, hormonally driven, and inseparable from their phones. The workplace is also the venue for their teasing, playing, flirting, gossiping and arguing. It is where their relationships are created and broken up, and where they are busy shaping their future.

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Credits
212 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Chinese
Director
    Wang Bing
    Wang Bing
Production
    Sonia Buchman,
    Hui Mao,
    Nicolas R. De La Mothe for Gladys Glover Films,
    Vincent Wang for House on Fire
    Sonia Buchman,
    Hui Mao,
    Nicolas R. De La Mothe for Gladys Glover Films,
    Vincent Wang for House on Fire
Executive producer
    Yang Wang
    Yang Wang
Co-production
    Gilles Chanial for Les Films Fauves,
    Denis Vaslin for Volya Films,
    Fleur Knopperts for Volya Films,
    Jia Wang,
    Cui Qiao
    Gilles Chanial for Les Films Fauves,
    Denis Vaslin for Volya Films,
    Fleur Knopperts for Volya Films,
    Jia Wang,
    Cui Qiao
Cinematography
    Maeda Yoshitaka,
    Xiaohui Shan,
    Yang Song,
    Xianhui Liu,
    Bihan Ding,
    Wang Bing
    Maeda Yoshitaka,
    Xiaohui Shan,
    Yang Song,
    Xianhui Liu,
    Bihan Ding,
    Wang Bing
Editing
    Dominique Auvray,
    Bingyuan Xu,
    Liyo Gong
    Dominique Auvray,
    Bingyuan Xu,
    Liyo Gong
World Sales
    Pyramide International
    Pyramide International
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Cinema Delicatessen
    Cinema Delicatessen
Screening copy
    Gladys Glover Films
    Gladys Glover Films

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In tribute to our Guest of Honor, IDFA presents six films directed by Wang Bing from 2002 to today. An uncompromising voice of present-day Chinese filmmaking, his work fearlessly chronicles socioeconomic transformations and challenging labor conditions in China.
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