A film by Bi Gan
2015, 113 minutes
No. 031


A stunning debut from Chinese director Bi Gan, Kaili Blues is an audacious, mesmerizing work that announces the arrival of a major new filmmaker.

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 a family wish and sets off on a train journey to search for his brother’s abandoned child, only to find himself in a dreamlike world where past, present, and future—as well as fantasy and reality—become one.

This remarkable visual achievement, which feels as singular and alien as the films of the great Apichatpong Weerasethakul, was shot in the mining village Kaili, the director’s birthplace, and incorporates poetry he has been writing since he was a teenager.

* Winner, Best New Director, Locarno Film Festival
* Winner, Best New Director, Golden Horse Awards
* Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival
* Official Selection, New Directors / New Films

"A remarkable arthouse debut. Dreamy, poetry-filled... Audacious. The picture teases viewers with such self-assurance its difficult to believe the twentysomething director is a first timer." - Hollywood Reporter