Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Directed by Bi Gan. China/France. 2019. NR. 2 hours 13 minutes. Kino Lorber. Digital. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Fri., May 17, 2019 thru Thu., May 30, 2019
Ends Thu, May 30!
Director Bi Gan follows up his knockout debut, Kaili Blues, with this noir-tinged fever dream about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang). Following leads across Guizhou province, he crosses paths with a series of characters, among them a prickly hairdresser played by Taiwanese superstar Sylvia Chang. When the search leads him to a dingy movie theater, the film launches into a hour-long, gravity-defying shot that plunges its protagonist into a labyrinthine cityscape and leaves the viewer breathless. In Mandarin with English Subtitles. We will be screening the 2D version of this film.
“Midnight movies are no longer the attraction they were back in the late ’70s and early ’80s. This sometimes seems like a shame. Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the second feature by the Chinese director Bi Gan (whose 2016 debut Kaili Blues made an impression in art houses the world over), would make exemplary late-night communal viewing. Very often, and particularly in its second half, watching it feels like dreaming with your eyes open.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times