Fang Siou-jing • Fang Xiuying

Mrs. Fang

documentary / 2017 / Hong Kong, France, Germany / col. / 86 min.

Director: Wang Bing • Wang Ping
Screenplay: Wang Bing • Wang Ping
Photography: Wang Bing • Wang Ping, Shan Xiaohui • Šan Siao-chuej, Ding Bihan • Ting Pi-chan
Editor: Wang Bing • Wang Ping, Dominique Auvray
Cast: Fang Siou-jing • Fang Xiuying

Fang Xiuying was a farm worker born in Huzhou, Fujian, in 1948. For the last eight years of her life she suffered from Alzheimerʼs. By 2015 the symptoms were quite advanced. Treatment in a convalescent home was ineffective, so in June 2016 it was discontinued and she returned home. The filmmakers filmed some scenes of her everyday life in 2015, then returned in June 2016 and filmed the last ten days of her life. The film shows the feelings of a person nearing death, and the reality of her relativesʼ and neighboursʼ attitudes towards a person about to leave this life. – Last year, the film won the Golden Leopard at Locarno IFF.