Mrs. Fang

Fang Xiuying

Wang Bing

Fang Xiuying is 67 years old. She is on her deathbed in a small village in the south of China, surrounded by family, friends and neighbours. As those around her discuss whether she is awake or sleeping, where she should be buried and when she will breathe her last, she stares – eyes and mouth wide open – at an indefinable spot on the wall. She sinks further and further away. "Like a boat on the river", one of the bystanders comments.

Wang Bing, whose ground-breaking epic Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks kicked up a storm 15 years ago, points his camera with striking frequency at Mrs Fang’s infinite gaze in this short, intimate documentary. What is she thinking about? Her two children perhaps – or has the Alzheimer’s that appeared nine years previously wiped out every memory? A contemplative, poignant, almost meditative film, winner of the Golden Leopard in Locarno.

Screenings

  • Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Wed 31 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 6
    English subtitles
    Thu 1 Feb Buy
  • Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Wang Bing
Country
Hong Kong, France, Germany
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
86’
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Lihong Kong, Yang Wang
Production Company
Ideale Audience International, Wil Productions
Sales
Asian Shadows
Cinematography
Wang Bing, Ding Bihan, Shan Xiaohui
Editor
Wang Bing, Dominique Auvray
Production Design
Wu Shenfang, Zhu Zhu
Sound Design
Wang Bing, Emmanuel Soland, Ding Bihan, Shan Xiaohui