Mandarin and English w/ English subtitles
One of his generation's most important documentary filmmakers, director Wang Bing is at the height of his powers in THREE SISTERS. The film introduces viewers to 10-year-old YingYing, 6-year-old Zhenzhen and 4-year-old Fenfen, who live alone in Xiyangtang, a tiny rural village in the high mountains of China's Yunnan province. Their father is away working in the city; their mother left the family long ago.
The girls help their grandfather or aunt in exchange for meals. They spend their days at grueling tasks: herding sheep, goats and pigs, searching for firewood, collecting dung. Games are few and far between. The eldest, Yingying, is her sisters' primary caretaker, shouldering responsibilities far beyond her years.
Wang's hand-held footage beautifully captures the region's dramatic landscapes and plunging, mountainous scenery in THREE SISTERS, an essential part of the international film canon.
Best Film Orrizonti Award, Venice Film Festival
Best Film Award, Doc Lisboa
Audience Award and Best Film Award, Festival des 3 Continents
Best Documentary Award, Dubai Film Festival
Grand Prix Award, Ecumenical Jury Award, E-changer Award, Don Quijote Award, Fribourg Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Hong Kong Film Festival
Edinburgh Film Festival
New Zealand Film Festival
Taipei Film Festival
China Onscreen Biennial