Mrs. Fang with Wang Bing in person
Location: Bartos Screening Room
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.
Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $7 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)