Ying e Chi, based in Hong Kong, has been cooperating with the Asian Film Festival Berlin since 2009. For the 2017 edition of the AFFB “Fig” and “Out of Frame” will be screened as result of this cooperation.
1. You have been co-directing with Ann Hui before, and for “Fig” you used a script written by Lou Shiu-Wa, who also wrote the script for “The Way We Are”(2008) by Ann Hui. How did you deal with the challenge of somehow walking in her footsteps and on the other hand finding your own film language for “Fig”?
Ann Hui is always my favorite director in Hong Kong. Not only because she’s been showing humanity in her films but in real life as well. I was actually one of the actors in “The way we are”. Lou Shiu Wa showed me several scripts after I met her on the set. We did pull one short film together and it came out well. When I received the script of “Fig”, I understood that it would be easy to become a secondary version of “The way we are”. I appreciate the subtleness of Ann very much and I know that I won’t be able to accomplish anything like that. Therefore, I intensified the emotion in “Fig” instead. I also tried to create the humor and asked the protagonist to try some offbeat acting. However, at the end I found I somehow sacrifice the chemistry between the actors and might disappoint some of the audience.