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A Short film by Lixin Bao

Produced by Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains

Production year : 2010


    A documentary on the last Chinese steam engines in the warehouse Daban of the company of railroad Jitong (in Internal Mongolia). The locomotive is the symbol of heavy industrial times. In this movie, the circling toxic vapors of the train create a kind of absurd beauty. The employees of Jitong are masked behind the images of gigantic locomotives. Their words release themselves in front of the camera. People are nostalgic, restless, satisfied, more or less aware of their exploitation at the time. Their dialogues represent a radical attitude of the worship of the money by describing the expansion of the socité Jitong, revealing of China in development.

    Production and distribution


    Full credits (7)

    Screenwriter :

    Lixin Bao

    Sound recordist :

    Lixin Bao

    Editor :

    Haydée Parcollet

    Sound Mixer :

    Maxime Champesme

    Director of Photography :

    Hongwu Guo

    Production Manager :

    Jacky Lautem

    Sound Editor :

    Yann Legay

    Technical details

    Short film

    Genres :


    Sub-genre :

    Auteur documentary, Psychological drama, Video art

    Themes :

    Nostalgia, Work

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    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :


    Runtime :

    12 min 46 seconds

    Production formats :

    DV-CAM - HDV

    Color type :

    Color and Black & White

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Rating restrictions :