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Asia and the Pacific Screens

Behemoth 悲兮魔兽

2:00pm - 4:00pm
23 Oct 2016
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU

Behemoth (2015)

2015, 95 minutes, China
Directed by Zhao Liang 赵亮

Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles

Zhao Liang’s most recent film Behemoth combines a poetic apocalyptic vision with documentary footage from Inner Mongolia. Zhao Liang’s camera surveys landscapes that have been destroyed in order to fuel China’s breakneck urbanisation, which itself appears as a shimmering, uninhabitable fantasy. In addition to the film’s stunning visual landscapes, the sounds are also harrowing, ranging from the otherworldly traditional Mongolian throat singing, cacophony of machinery and violent explosions to the labored breathing of miners dying from black lung disease (pneumoconiosis). The voice-over narration laments the inability of hope to grow in a place in which 'now not a single blade of grass survives'.

The screening will be followed by a short informal discussion. This event is co-sponsored by ANU Mongolia Studies Centre.

Read CIW Postdoctoral Fellow Christian Sorace's article Paradise under Construction, a review on this film.

This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Six: Borderlands, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World.

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