With Wang Bing in person
Dir. Wang Bing. 2017, 86 mins. Digital projection. In Mandarin with English subtitles. After suffering from Alzheimer's for several years with advanced symptoms and ineffective treatment, 67-year-old Fang Xiuying was sent back home. Now, bedridden, she is surrounded by relatives and neighbors, as they witness and accompany her through her last days in a small village in Southern China. For a while, it seems as though Mrs. Fang
is content to use the camera as a tool to unflinchingly record a human being close to her final breath. Yet Wang Bing is after something completely different, as the filmmaker goes into different territory, somehow more and less tangible than a portrait of dying.
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