The Calming by Song Fang wins the Art Cinema Award at the Berlinale Forum 2020
The International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas is proud to announce that the Art Cinema Award at the Berlinale Forum goes to The Calming (Ping jing) by Song Fang.
The Calming (Ping jing)
China, 2020, 89 minutes
Written and directed by: Song Fang
Cast: Qi Xi, Ye Yuzhu, Song Dijin, Makiko Watanabe, Chen Yadi
Production : Fabula Entertainment, Huanxi Media Group
Lin only talks of the break-up once, at lunch with her friend in Japan, where her installation is being shown. It goes unmentioned when she visits her parents back in China or stays with her friend in Hong Kong, even though the removal company has taken her things to the new apartment already. Most of the time she’s alone though and it’s tempting to read emotion into her face, possibly because it’s so rare to see a film that shows a woman being by herself and by extension just being herself, barely defined by those around her.
The jury unanimously voted for Ping Jing (The Calming), a perfectly accomplished film. The scenario is well constructed, the framing and the photography are perfect, the subject universal. The filmmaker presents through a probable autobiography the possibility to gently overcome painful trials. Certainly, nothing never really disappears, but everything evolves and changes over time. On the basis of this paradigm, if one wants to, it is possible to reconstruct oneself and give meaning to one´s existence through the triptych of relationship with oneself, others and the world.