MRS. FANG

Wang Bing

China, Germany, France 86 min Catalan premiere Documentary

Synopsis

Surrounded by the careless family and neighbors, Fang Xiuying is deprived of all intellectual abilities and she slowly dies in a modest room, in one of the villages of South China.

Filmmaker

Wang Bing

He studied photography at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, an industrial city where, years later, he would film West of the Tracks. From there he moved on to the Beijing Film Academy, where he discovered the work of Antonioni, Bergman, Pasolini and Tarkovsky. In 2002 he made West of the Tracks, a nine-hour documentary about the decline of a vast industrial zone in North-East China. Since then, he has continued to work in the same mode. In 2014, he had a major show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and in 2017 won the Golden Leopard at Locarno for Mrs. Fang. In 2021, Le BAL in Paris mounted an exhibition entitled “The Walking Eye”, and the French Cinematheque presented a retrospective of his films.

Filmography: Man in Black (2023), Youth (Spring) (2023, D'A 2024), Beauty Lives in Freedom, Gao Ertai (2018), Dead Souls (2018), 15 Hours (2017), Mrs. Fang (2017, D'A 2018), Bitter Money (2016, D'A 2017), Ta’ang (2016), Father and Sons (2014), Traces (short film, 2014), 'Til Madness Do Us Part (2013), Alone (2012), Three Sisters (2012), The Ditch (2010), Man With No Name (2009), Coal Money (mid-length film, 2008), Crude Oil (2008), Brutality Factory (short film, 2007), Fengming, a Chinese Memoir (2007), Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2003)

Wang Bing

Film information

Original Title: Fang Xiu Ying
Director: Wang Bing
Script: Wang Bing
Contact: Asian Shadows
Country: China, Germany, France
Year: 2017
Format: DCP
Length: 86 min
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Catalan
Edition: 2018

Awards

Golden Leopard in Locarno