Asia and the Pacific Screens
Kaili Blues 路边的野餐
6:00pm - 8:00pm
03 Nov 2016
Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT
2015, 110mins, China
Directed by Bi Gan 毕赣
Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Bi Gan’s brilliant directorial debut 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.