"Human enzymes are stubborn. The enzymes of the soul are like water lilies." (From the film)
A dreamy, strange journey into time and timelessness.
Kaili is a small town in Guizhou Province, China. In a small clinic, two preoccupied doctors live like ghosts until one day, one of them, Chen Sheng, decides to fulfill his dead mother's wish and sets off on a long train journey to look for his brother's abandoned child. His partner at the clinic, a lonely old lady, asks him to bring some items from the past: an old photograph, a shirt and a cassette to her old sweetheart who has fallen ill. On the way, Chen passes a strange little town named Dangmai where time is not linear and people's lives complement each other. He stops there and experiences the past, present and future. This magical realist debut from Bi Gan is remarkable and unforgettable in a lot of ways: Kaili Blues is not only a film about a journey through the past but this path is taken with austere long takes while finding strangely beautiful poetry in the landscape.
2015 VANCOUVER, LOCARNO BEST FIRST FEATURE AWARD
Born in Kaili in China in 1989, Bi Gan directed his first short, Diamond Sutra in 2012. The film earned him a Special Mention award in the Asian New Force Category at the IFVA Festival in Hong Kong. Kaili Blues (2015) is his first narrative feature film.