Chi­nese doc­u­men­tary Mrs. Fang wins top prize at Lo­carno

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

"Mrs. Fang", Chi­nese di­rec­tor Wang Bing's doc­u­men­tary about a fam­ily wait­ing to say good­bye to their el­derly Alzheimer's-stricken mother, scooped the top prize at the Lo­carno film fes­ti­val in Switzer­land Satur­day. The film tells the mov­ing end-of-life story of Fang Xi­uy­ing, a farmer who has been strug­gling with the de­men­tia-type dis­ease for eight years. After a stay at a nurs­ing home, her fam­ily brings her home, and the film fo­cuses on their fi­nal days to­gether be­fore her death in 2016.

Wang Bing counts among China's fore­most doc­u­men­tary film makers, and has pre­vi­ously served on the Lo­carno jury. Now in its 70th year, the Lo­carno fes­ti­val takes place ev­ery sum­mer in the pic­turesque Swiss town on the shores of Lake Mag­giore. The run­ner-up Spe­cial Jury Prize went to Brazil­ian hor­ror film "As Boas Maeiras" (Good Man­ners) by di­rec­tors Marco Du­tra and Ju­liana Rojas, which starts off with a woman hir­ing a maid to help with the house­work be­fore tak­ing an un­ex­pected, blood-drenched turn.

France's F. J. Os­sang mean­while won Best Di­rec­tor for film noir "9 Fin­gers", the or­ga­niz­ers said. French star Is­abelle Hup­pert was named Best Ac­tress for her role as Mrs. Hyde in French di­rec­tor Serge Bo­zon's film of the same name. And Dan­ish ac­tor El­liott Cros­set Hove took home the Best Ac­tor award for his role in Ice­landic di­rec­tor Hlynur Pal­ma­son's de­but film "Win­ter Broth­ers".


This hand­out pic­ture re­leased by the Lo­carno In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val shows Chi­nese di­rec­tor Wang Bing pos­ing with the Golden Leop­ard (Pardo d‚Ä(tm)oro) tro­phy.

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