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Long Day’s Journey into Night

Di qiu zui hou de ye wan

A dazzling dive into a noir-like dreamscape singles out Bi Gan’s partially 3D feature as the most intoxicating cinematic experience of the year.

Dir-Scr Bi Gan
Prod Zuolong Shan
With Tang Wei, Huang Jue, Sylvia Chang
China-Taiwan-France
2018
3D
140min
Sales Wild Bunch
Subtitles

A simple plot synopsis – a man returns to his hometown in search of the woman who got away – does little to prepare audiences for this experience. While there are certainly narrative threads and characters to follow, the pleasures of Long Day’s Journey into Night are to be found in relinquishing the storytelling and submitting to its immersive qualities. As our hero journeys through his quest, the film explores the elusive (and illusive) nature of memories, crescendoing in a 55-minute single take, shot entirely in 3D. Influenced by the paintings of Chagall and described by writer-director Bi Gan as a ‘destroyed film noir’, his follow-up to Kaili Blues is bold, stylish cinema that you’ll want to live inside.

Kate Taylor

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Please note that these screenings are in 3D. 3D glasses will be supplied.


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