'Til Madness Do Us Part
CAM Wang Bing, Liu Xianhui
ED Adam Kerby, Wang Bing
SOUND Zhang Mu
PROD CO Y Production
Wang Bing is one of the greatest documentary filmmakers working today: his new film explores the patients/inmates of a run-down mental institution in southern China. Wang’s astonishingly observant camera burrows deep into these patients’ lives, revealing their inner beings, their loves and their sometime madness with absolute respect and limitless compassion.
“In the fall of 2003, I happened upon a mental hospital near Beijing. It seemed empty. Suddenly behind a locked door, I faced a group of men. A nurse came and told me that they were the patients, many of whom had been living there for 10 to 20 years. I felt something very strong towards them, but the hospital refused to let me shoot a film. In 2012, I went to a different mental hospital; this time they let me get inside with my camera. So I started this film.
There is no freedom in this hospital. But when men are locked behind bars inside a closed space, they are capable of creating a new world, without restrictions of morality or behavior. Under the night-light, their bodies are like ghosts, craving love, physical or sentimental.
This film approaches them at the moment they are abandoned by their families and society. The repetition of their daily life amplifies the existence of time. And when time stops, life appears.”—Wang Bing
— Shelly Kraicer