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Behemoth (2015)

Bei xi mo shou (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 19 August 2016 (UK)
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Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to ... See full summary »

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Liang Zhao

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Sylvie Blum (narrative script), Weiping Cui (literary advisor) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to leave as the meadow areas dwindle. In the moonlight, iron mines are brightly lit throughout the night. Workers who operate the drilling machines must stay awake. The fight is tortuous, against the machine and against themselves. Meanwhile, coal miners are busy filling trucks with coals. Wearing a coal-dust mask, they become ghostlike creatures. An endless line of trucks will transport all the coals and iron ores to the iron works. There traps another crowd of souls, being baked in hell. In the hospital, time hangs heavy on miners' hands. After decades of breathing coal dust, death is just around the corner. They are living the reality of purgatory, but there will be no paradise. Written by 72nd Venice International Film Festival

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Country:

China | France

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (UK) See more »

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Behemoth See more »

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China See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.90 : 1
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Staggering visuals leave a sobering message
19 February 2017 | by xWRLSee all my reviews

This film takes us to a number of gasp-worthy and infrequently filmed places--deep into a mine and into a steel mill where workers sling around white-hot molten metal. The technical quality of the images is extraordinary, heightening the impact.

After seeing the effects of these industries on the environment, we then see footage of the effects on people who work there. The only narration is adapted from Dante's "The Divine Comedy." That was a brilliant idea, letting the visuals essentially speak for themselves.


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