Memories Look at Me

  • 91'
  • China
  • 2012
Song Fang is the protagonist in her own soberly filmed docudrama, in which she returns from Beijing to the house of her parents in Nanjing. The film is largely set indoors, where Song shares everyday life and many memories with her parents, sister-in-law, brother and niece.
Song is always on screen as they talk about relatives living and dead, about more or less successful careers, about old friends, illnesses and accidents, funerals and weddings. A young niece, Diandian, makes disarming comments that provide a lighter note.
Between the conversations - that often take place around food - and rare excursions, we catch a glimpse of changing Chinese society. It is obvious that the norms and values of the older generation are being devalued, but that some deep-rooted traditions will probably continue for a very long time.
Memories Look at Me received the Best First Feature prize in Locarno.

Director
Song Fang
Country of production
China
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
91'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Ji yi wang zhe wo
Language
Mandarin
Producers
Jia Zhangke, Song Fang
Production Company
Xstream Pictures Limited
Sales
Xstream Pictures Limited
Screenplay
Song Fang
Cinematography
Guan Dong-pei, Zhou Wen-cao
Editor
Song Fang
Production Design
Ye Wen-bin
Sound Design
Aya Yamashita
Cast
Song Fang, Ye Yu-zhu
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund