Lixin Bao

12’36 • 2010 • vo chinois • st anglais • Chine, France • documentaire

A documentary about the chinese steam locomotive at the Daban depot of the JITONG Railway (Group) Company, LTD (Inner Mongolia).
The steam locomotive is the symbol of the heavy industrial era.
In the film, the twirling toxic steam from these trains is making a ironic fantasm. The JITONG’ s employees are hidden behide the images of the huge steam locomotives. And their speech, in front of camera, is totally free : these men are nostalgic, tormented, satisfied, more or less conscious of their past exploitation. Their dialog shows a radical attitude of worship money, telling the expansion of the JiTong company, a miniature of the development of China.

screenplay and sound : Lixin Bao
director of photography : Hongwu Guo
editing : Lixin Bao and Haydée Parcollet
sound editing : Yann Leguay
sound mixing : Maxime Champesme
production : Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains

- screenings within the framework of La Vidéothèque Nomade
Vidéothèque Nomade and Parcours d’artistes #2
Café Frima*s