Art Blog - Fang Song - Empty Kingdom

A woman experiences a whirlwind of fragmented memories past, present, and future while visiting family in the drama-documentary feature film Memories Look At Me // 記憶望著我. Directed and starring Fang Song. Check out more after the jump.

More background info can be read as follows (via IFFR 2013):

“A film in which the characters are all themselves and we look on in silence: a daughter with a life of her own in Beijing visits her parents in her birthplace. One of the most modest films of the year, but also one of the most memorable, meticulous, authentic and loving.

 

Song Fang is the protagonist in her own soberly filmed docudrama, in which she returns from Beijing to the house of her parents in Nanjing. The film is largely set indoors, where Song shares everyday life and many memories with her parents, sister-in-law, brother and niece.

 

Song is always on screen as they talk about relatives living and dead, about more or less successful careers, about old friends, illnesses and accidents, funerals and weddings. A young niece, Diandian, makes disarming comments that provide a lighter note.

 

Between the conversations – that often take place around food – and rare excursions, we catch a glimpse of changing Chinese society. It is obvious that the norms and values of the older generation are being devalued, but that some deep-rooted traditions will probably continue for a very long time.

 

MEMORIES LOOK AT ME received the Best First Feature prize in Locarno.”

Jump on down to the view the trailer.

Art Blog - Fang Song - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Fang Song - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Fang Song - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Fang Song - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Fang Song - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Fang Song - Empty Kingdom

Trailer for MEMORIES LOOK AT ME // 記憶望著我.

Memories Look At Me // 記憶望著我, 2012

Fang Song


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