In a quiet village in southern China, Fang Xiuying is sixty-seven years old. Having suffered from Alzheimer's for several years, with advanced symptoms and ineffective treatment, she was sent back home. Now, bedridden, she is surrounded by her relatives and neighbors, as they witness and accompany her through her last days.
- Golden Leopard - Locarno Festival
- Wang Bing
- Shan Xiaohui
- Ding Bihan
- Wang Bing
- Dominique Auvray
- IDEALE AUDIENCE
- WIL PRODUCTIONS
- ALL WAYS PICTURES
- ASIAN SHADOWS
A visceral, unvarnished look at encroaching death.
Mrs. Fang is unreservedly voyeuristic, the camera maintaining its own vigil.
With Mrs. Fang, Wang Bing teaches us a great lesson, not only in terms of cinema, but also humanity, establishing himself once again as a true master of narrative reality.
Unflinching, challenging, provocative film.
This is filmmaking so unblinking, and so without sentiment that sometimes it requires an effort of will not to wince away from the screen.
We’re realizing we’ve been living in unreality, that the world we’ve been living in hasn’t been true.
Wang Bing is a Chinese director, often referred to as one of the foremost figures in documentary film-making. Wang is the founder of his own production company, Wang Bing Studios, which produces most of his films. He graduated from the Film Academy in Beijing in 1996. He made the 18-episode TV series CAMPUS AFFAIRS and the TV documentary COMMON PEOPLE'S HOMESTEAD. In 1999, he was cameraman for the film DISTORTION. His debut as a director came with TIEXI DISTRICT: WEST OF THE TRACKS (2003), a nine-hour documentary in three parts entitled RUST, REMNANTS AND RAILS. He also makes installations, such as CRUDE OIL (2008), shown in Rotterdam. In 2010, his film on Chinese labour camps, THE DITCH, was included in the Venice Film Festival as the film sorpresa; and he returned in 2012 to win the Orizzonti Award with THREE SISTERS. 'TIL MADNESS DO US PART (2013) was selected at multiple festivals like Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam and Hong Kong, followed by TA'ANG which premiered at the Berlinale Forum in 2016. His film MRS. FANG premiered in Locarno. His latest documentary DEAD SOULS will have its world premiere at Cannes FF 2018.