Bi Gan’s brilliant directorial debut, Kaili Blues, is an audacious work that announces a new filmmaking talent. Country doctor Chen Sheng sets out on a train journey to search for his brother’s abandoned child, only to find himself in a dreamlike world where the boundaries between past, present, and future – and between fantasy and reality – are porous. This remarkable visual achievement was shot in the mining village of Kaili, the director’s birthplace, and incorporates poetry he has been writing since he was a teenager.
The gorgeous cinematography of Kaili Blues and a masterful 41-minute hand-held single shot envelop the viewer in a magical reality of beauty and loss. In the words of the director:
My movies are like a heavy rain – hope you do not need an umbrella.
This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Six: Borderlands, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World. The screening is co-sponsored by Canberra International Film Festival, tickets are available for purchase on the CIFF website.
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