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Kaili Blues

Lu bian ye can

Directed by Gan Bi
China, 2015
Drama, Mystery
  • Mandarin
  • English


In the mystical province of Guizhou, there is a small county clinic surrounded by fog. At the Kaili clinic, there are two doctors who live quiet, lonely lives. One of the doctors, Chen Sheng, embarks on a journey by train to find his nephew, who had been abandoned by his brother.

Our take

This remarkable debut is formed by a playful structure, rich characters, and one of the most beguiling long takes in modern cinema. Kaili Blues is a dreamy rumination into a nation’s past and the eternal grip tradition has on contemporary life. Winner of the Best New Director award at Locarno.

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Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Best Emerging Director - Filmmakers of the Present

2015 | Special Mention: Best First Feature

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best First Feature

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best First Feature

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