A doctor by trade, Chen Sheng decides to fulfill his departed mother’s last wishes. His journey from the misty city of Kaili to the village of Dangmai grows with the weight of other missions: the search for his nephew, abandoned by a whimsical and irresponsible brother, as well as the delivery of an old woman’s belongings to her former companion. The film begins with a great freedom of tone, but the initiatory journey takes on an even more impressionistic and supernatural turn. Structured by inventive and audacious narration and directing, the protagonist’s journey, which takes place within himself as well as through paradoxical temporalities, does not create any barrier between the everyday and memory, between present and past, or between reality and the world of dreams. (Arnaud Hée)
Bi Gan is a young poet and filmmaker born in 1989 in Kaili, Guizhou, in China. He directed his first short film Diamond Sutra in 2013. Kaili Blues is his first feature film and was selected at Locarno in 2015.
Chen Yongzhong, Zhao Daqing, Luo Feiyang, Xie Lixun, Zeng Shuai, Qin Guangqiuan, Yu Shixue, Guo Yue, Liu Linyang, Yang Zuohua