Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou)

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Roxie Theater Tue, Apr 19, 2016 9:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Zhao Liang
Year of Production:2015
Premiere Status:West Coast Premiere
Environmental Health
Zero Waste
Running Time:90 min.


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Political documentarian Zhao Liang draws inspiration from The Divine Comedy for this simultaneously intoxicating and terrifying glimpse at the ravages wrought upon Inner Mongolia by its coal and iron industries. A poetic voiceover speaks of the insatiability of desire on top of stunning images of landscapes (and their decimation), machines (and their spectacular functions), and people (and the toll of their labor). Interspersed are sublime tableaux of a prone nude body—asleep? just born? dead?—posed against a refracted horizon. A wholly absorbing guided tour of exploding hillsides, dank mine shafts, cacophonous factories, and vacant cities, Behemoth builds upon Zhao’s previous exposés (2009’s Petition, 2007’s Crime and Punishment) by combining his muckraking streak with a painterly vision of a social and ecological nightmare otherwise unfolding out of sight, out of mind. - MOMA

Winner of the environmental Green Drop Award at the Venice Film Festival

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Additional Information

Zhao Liang has worked in Beijing since 1993. Zhao works as an independent documentary filmmaker as well as a multimedia artist. His film, Crime and Punishment (2007) won Montgolflè re D’or at the 29th Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes. His film Petition (1996-2008) was selected to the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, Together (2010) was selected to the 61st Berlin Film Festival, and Behemoth (2015) was selected to the 72nd Venice Film Festival.