Behemoth

Film - Feature | April 3 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Zhao Liang solidifies his status as one of China’s most unique talents with this politicized examination of China’s war on its own environment, a visionary combination of observational documentary, experimental essay, and Workingman’s Death–like vision of hell on earth. Moving from Mongolian coal mines to ironworks and blast furnaces, ending in a newly created suburb with no inhabitants, Zhao creates a nightmarish portrait of modern China, from its excavated landscapes to those who labor to sustain it. “Zhao Liang’s images aren’t a description of reality,” Spanish filmmaker Albert Serra was moved to write; “they are a hymn. It is the only way to subvert.”

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