France, Singapore | 2021
Director: Trương Minh Quý
Screenwriter: Truong Minh Quý
Cinematography: Son Doan
Editing: Nicolas Graux, Truong Minh Quý
Sound Design: Valentine Gelin, Yannick Delmaire
Producer: François Bonenfant
Co-Producers: John Badalu, Xiao Dong Guo
声音：Valentine Gelin, Yannick Delmaire
In mining, a slag heap refers to an artificially raised hill consisting of the cleared waste that accumulates during the extraction of raw materials. Birch trees now grow where workers from near and far once went underground to labour hard for very little money. Nowadays, this is a place where men meet to have anonymous sex and share moments of intimacy.
“I think he was gay too,” says one of these men about his father who was a miner. Today, as in the past, those who cannot find shelter elsewhere live here. Home is far away, returning is impossible. Human beings need more than water and a tent.
71st Berlinale 2021