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Kaili Blues

 

 

China / 2016 / 113 mins

In a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, two preoccupied doctors live ghost-like lives. One of them, Chen, decides to fulfill his dead mother’s wish and sets off on a train journey to look for his brother’s abandoned child. His partner in the clinic, a lonely old lady, asks Chen to find her old lover, and give him an old photograph, a shirt and a music cassette. But on the way, Chen passes a mysterious town called Dangmai, where time is not linear and people’s lives complement each other. Here, Chen experiences the past, present and future. It’s unclear whether this world is the doctor’s dream, or the other way around.

  • Director

Bi Gan

  • Cast

Chen Yongzhong
Zhao Daqing

Festivals:

  • Locarno Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • New Directors/New Films
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Melbourne International Film Festival

Quotes

“Absolutely extraordinary. Blessed with a magic and mystery that is utterly unique.”— Jonathan Demme

“Astonishing first film about a geography of the soul. Delineated by time, trains and regret… Contains a 40 minute single shot that traces a map of Kaili with poetic prodigious filmic chops. Why? Cinema. Why? Life.”— Guillermo del Toro, filmmaker

Reviews

Variety

The New York Times

The New York Review of Books

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