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Long Day's Journey Into Night
Bi Gan
China, FRA 2018
138min
V'18

As its title suggests, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT follows a nocturnal trajectory, culminating in a 70-minute 3D sequence captured in an unbroken, unblinking shot that mimics the weightless sensation of guided meditation; as our protagonist pursues a mysterious woman through a variety of settings – most notably a fairground filled with singing people, sparkling lights, and countless entrancing visual details – Bi’s film comes down with a distinct case of VERTIGO. Hitchcock aside, the florid, fluid visual style and swooning romanticism in LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT owes at least as much to Hong Kong grandmaster Wong Kar-wai. The combination of these lofty influences, combined with the young directors’ astonishing ambition, results in a passage of pure cinema that splits the difference between trance film and the virtual reality system Oculus Rift. It’s a trip to be viewed with eyes wide shut. (Adam Nayman)

Credits
  • Tang Wei - Wan Qiwen
  • Sylvia Chang - Wildcat’s Mutter
  • Zeng Meihuizi - Pager
  • Luo Feiyang - Wildcat als Kind
  • Huang Jue - Luo Hongwu
  • Lee Hong-Chi - Wildcat
  • Chen Yongzhong - Zuo Hongyuan
  • Bi Gan
  • Li Danfeng
  • David Chizallet
  • Yao Hung-I
  • Dong Jinsong
  • Qin Yanan
  • Lim Giong
Produktion Dangmai Films, Zhejiang Huace Film & TV, CG Cinema, Huace Pictures, Horgos Taihe Entertainment, Shanghai PMF Pictures, Shanghai Tencent Pictures, Cultural Diffusion

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