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Documentary Festival IDFA Reveals Wang Bing’s Top 10 Chinese Films, Focus Program Lineups

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Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Documentary festival IDFA, which runs Nov. 8 to 19 in Amsterdam, has revealed Guest of Honor Wang Bing‘s top 10 Chinese films of recent decades.

The Chinese filmmaker’s selection will take the viewer “on a contemplative journey into contemporary Chinese cinema,” according to the festival.

In a statement, IDFA said: “The films and their politics are subtle in their film language, representing a wave of filmmaking rarely shown internationally.” The selection, which covers films produced since 1999, includes Lixin Fan’s 2009 film “Last Train Home,” which was supported by IDFA’s Bertha Fund.

The film documents the millions of migrant factory workers that travel home for Spring Festival each year. The festival has also revealed the films playing in two of the three Focus programs: Fabrications, which probes the difference between reality and realism, and 16 Worlds on 16, an homage to 16mm film.

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