Films In Competition
Long Day's Journey Into Night
A man with a questionable past returns to his hometown to recover the fragmented memories and dreams of a former flame.
Singapore PremiereChina, France / 2018 / 140 MIN / Mandarin
More than a decade after narrowly escaping death in his provincial hometown, Luo Hong-wu returns to search for a former lover whom he cannot forget. As he wanders the town’s ruins, he tries to reconstruct a hazy past enmeshed with dreams and fantasies – while being haunted by his long-murdered childhood sidekick Wildcat and the ghost of a woman that may or may not be his lost love.
This labyrinth of a film, a densely layered cinematic feat, marks the return of a precocious filmmaker that stunned the festival circuit with the daring film language of his debut feature, Kaili Blues. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is one of the most exquisite and beguiling films of the year, with a final sequence that will be spoken of for decades to come.
Cast & Credits
Bi Gan’s critically acclaimed debut feature, Kaili Blues, premiered at Locarno Film Festival, receiving the Prize for Best Emerging Director. The film travelled extensively and received numerous other awards, including Best New Director at the Golden Horse Awards. His second feature, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, made its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Tang Wei, Huang Jue, Sylvia Chang
*Official Selction, Toronto International FIlm Festival 2018
*Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018
*In Competition, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2018