30.09. - 09.10.2021

Mrs. Fang Hong Kong, France, Germany 2017 | 86 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2017

Wang Bing

With his very first film, the 9-hour documentary West of the Tracks (2003), WANG BING (*1967) made a name for himself as a director of epic works. Today, he is seen by many as China's leading independent documentary film-maker. Mrs. Fang was awarded the Golden Leopard at this year's Locarno festival.

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DOCUMENTARY Fang Xiu Ying is 67 years old, was a farmer and has been suffering from Alzheimer's for eight years. The director follows her closely during her final weeks and in long takes documents her slow departure from this life. Although she can no longer speak and apparently has only rare moments of lucidity, Mrs Fang remains the centre of her family – both in terms of space and in the conversations and memories of her relatives. During her last days, the world revolves around the matriarch and the film reflects a changed sense of time caused by a state of waiting and hoping, taking leave and remembering.
Original title: Fang Xiu Ying
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: Mandarin
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Wang Bing
Producer: Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Yang Wang, Kong Lihong
Director of Photography: Wang Bing, Shan Xiaohui, Ding Bihan
Production Design: Wu Shenfang, Zhu Zhu
Editor: Wang Bing, Dominique Auvray
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Asian Shadows
Production: Ideale Audience; Wil Productions; All Ways Pictures; documenta 14
Contact: Ya Li, Asian Shadows


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