Hong Kong, France, German / 2017 / 87 min. / Director: WANG Bing
The latest film by WANG Bing world premiered at this year's Locarno International Film Festival where it won the Golden Leopard for Best Film. In a quiet village in southern China, 67-year-old FANG Xiuying has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years and the symptoms are worsening. Her condition is determined to be no longer treatable and she is sent home from the hospital. WANG Bing's camera remains focused on the bedridden elderly woman whose expression never seems to change. It also records the conversations of the relatives and neighborhood people who come to the house to visit FANG. However, who this elderly woman is and the details of her history are left almost completely unexplained. This is a challenging tour de force not only chronicles a single death, but also poses various questions to the viewers.
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