Long Day's Journey Into Night

  • 140'
  • China
  • 2018

“The difference between film and memory is that film is always false. Memories mix truth and lies”, a character in Bi Gan’s second feature film says. His debut, Kaili Blues, marked him as a talent to watch in China’s budding eighth generation. The dreamy, elliptic tale ends in a 45-minute single shot in which past and present intertwine.

The follow-up, Long Day's Journey Into Night, is even more impressive and partially in 3D. Once again, his lead returns to Kaili (the director’s home town) after years away. Luo Hongwu has come to attend his father’s funeral, but is also in search of a lover he just can’t forget. The summer they shared 20 years ago seamlessly merges with his contemporary search: “Every time I see her, I know I am in a dream again.”

Director
Bi Gan
Countries of production
China, France
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
140'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Di qiu zui hou de ye wan
Language
Mandarin
Producers
Shan Zuolong, Yeh Jufeng, Li Xiaonan, Zhang Guanren, Charles Gillibert
Production Companies
Dangmai Films, Zhejiang Huace Film & TV, CG Cinema
Sales
Wild Bunch
Screenplay
Bi Gan
Cinematography
Yao Hung-i, Dong Jinsong, David Chizallet
Editor
Qin Yanan
Production Design
Liu Qiang
Music
Lim Giong, Point Hsu
Cast
Tang Wei, Huang Jue, Sylvia Chang, Lee Hong-Chi, Chen Yongzhong, Luo Feiyang, Zeng Meihuizi