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Director, screenwriter, cinemathographer, producer

Born in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China, in 1967, Wang Bing studied photography at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art and cinematography at Beijing Film Academy. He began his career as an independent filmmaker in 1999. Discovered in 2003, WEST OF TRACKS (Tiexi qu/铁西区), an enormous documentary work of more than 9 hours, has garnered great success internationally. In addition to his feature documentaries (THREE SISTERS/San zimei/三姊妹, 'TIL MADNESS DO US PART/Fengai/疯爱), he is also active in video installation (CRUDE OIL/Yuanyou/原油, a 14 hour film), fiction film (BRUTALITY FACTORY/Baoli gongchang/暴力工厂, THE DITCH/Jiabiangou/夹边沟), and photography.
His work has been selected for presentation and competition in many film festivals where he has won a great number of awards. His documentaries have been released in theaters internationally, with THREE SISTERS achieving great success in France with more than 45,000 viewers. Acclaimed by critics and recognized as one of the most important Chinese artists, documentary makers and film directors of his time, he has been honored by retrospectives of his entire oeuvre in major museums, such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris at the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique or at Documenta.


DEAD SOULS (Silinghun/死灵魂)

2018, Documentary, 496 minutes

- Special Screenings, Cannes 2018

MRS. FANG (Fang Xiuying/方绣英)

(International Sales : ASIAN SHADOWS)

2017, Documentary, 86 minutes

- Festival del Film Locarno 2017, Concorso Internazionale, Golden Leopard

- Toronto IFF 2017, Wavelengths

BITTER MONEY (Kuqian/苦钱)

2016, Documentary, 155 minutes

- Venice FF 2016, Orizzonti Competition

TA'ANG (De'ang/德昂)

(International Sales : ASIAN SHADOWS)

2016, Documentary, 148 minutes

- Berlinale 2016, Forum

- Hong Kong IFF 2016

- Swedish Film Institute, 2016 (retrospective WANG Bing)


TRACES (Yizhi/遗址)

2014, Documentary (video art), 25 minutes



2014, Documentary (video art), 40 minutes



(International Sales : ASIAN SHADOWS)

2013, Documentary, 227 minutes

- Venice Film Festival, Out of Competition

- Toronto IFF

- Vancouver IFF

- Busan IFF

- Doc Lisboa, Competition

- Viennale

- Copenhague CPH:DOX

- Festival des 3 Continents, Silver Balloon Award

- Rotterdam IFF

- Göteborg IFF

- Fribourg IFF, Competition


ALONE (Gudu/孤独)

(International Sales : ASIAN SHADOWS)

2012, Documentary, 89 minutes

- Black Movie Festival, Geneva, Critics Award 

- Rotterdam IFF

- Melbourne IFF

- Rio IFF

- IDFA, Amsterdam

- DocHouse, London 


THREE SISTERS (San Zimei/三姊妹)

(International Sales : ASIAN SHADOWS)

2012, Documentary, 153 minutes

- Venice Film Festival, Orrizonti Best Film Award

- Doc Lisboa, Best Film Award

- Festival des 3 Continents, Audience Award and Best Film Award

- Dubai IFF, Best Documentary Asia Africa Award 

- Fribourg FIFF, Grand prix Award, Ecumenical jury Award, E-changer Award, Don Quijote Award 

- Hong Kong IFF

- Edinburgh IFF

- New Zelande IFF

- Taipei IFF 


THE DITCH (Jiabiangou/夹边沟)

2010, Feature Film, 113 minutes

- Venice Film Festival, Competition


MAN WITH NO NAME (Wumingzhe/无名者)

2009, Documentary, 97 minutes


COAL MONEY (Tongdao/通道)

2008, Documentary, 52 minutes

- Cinema Du Reel, International Competition


CRUDE OIL (Yuanyou/原油)

2008, Documentary film installation, 14 hours

Supported by Hubert Bals Fund Rotterdam

- Rotterdam IFF

- Hong Kong IFF



2007, Documentary, 184 minutes

- Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection

- Toronto IFF

- Rotterdam IFF


BRUTALITY FACTORY (Baoli Gongchang/暴力工厂)

2007, Short in the anthology STATE OF THE WORLD

- Cannes Film Festival, Director's Fortnight



1999-2003, Documentary in three parts, 554 minutes

Part 1: RUST (244 minutes)

Part 2: REMNANTS (178 minutes)

Part 3: RAILS (132 minutes)

- Lisbon International Documentary Festival, Grand Prize

- Marseille Festival of Documentary Film, Grand Prize

- Festival des 3 Continents, Golden Balloon Award, documentary section

- Yamagata International Documentary Festival, Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize

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