China / France / Germany 2017, 86 min, Chinese and Mandarin Chinese, Hebrew & English subtitles
Mrs. Fang’s decline towards death is not hidden away or repressed, as it would have been in the West. Lying on her deathbed in her living room, her children, grandchildren, relatives and neighbors, who accompany her during her last days, casually go about their daily lives. The meager Chinese village is acutely aware of her imminent passing, but nobody calls a doctor or suggests that she be moved to a medical institution. Life (and death) goes on around her with the same natural, utilitarian persistence—and acceptance—as before. Unafraid to use images that are not easy to watch, award-winning director Wang Bing raises questions that most would prefer to repress. The film won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival.
Previous Festivals:Locarno International Film Festival, TIFF, Singapore International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival
- Sat 19.05 18:15 Cinemateque 2
Mrs. Fang + Docusophia panelThu 24.05 17:00 Cinemateque 2
Production: Pierre-olivier Bardet, Yang Wang, Kong Lihong
Production Company: Idéale Audience, Wil Productions
Editing: Wang Bing, Dominique Auvray
Cinematography: Wang Bing, Shan Xiaohui, Ding Bihan
Soundtrack: Wang Bing, Shan Xiaohui, Emmanuel Soland, Ding Bihan
Wang Bing began his career as an independent filmmaker in 1999. In 2003, WEST OF TRACKS encountered a great success internationally. Besides feature documentary (THREE SISTERS, 'TIL MADNESS), he is also active in video installation (CRUDE OIL), directed fiction (BRUTALITY FACTORY, THE DITCH) and started a noteworthy work in photography.