2015|China|110 min

Director: BI Gan
Scriptwriter: BI Gan
Cast: CHEN Yongzhong/ XIE Lixun/ YU Shixue/ GUO Yue
Producer: SHEN Yang/ Edward DING
Genre: Drama


In a small clinic in the foggy and damp city of Kaili in exotic, subtropical Guizhou Province, two preoccupied doctors live ghost-like lives. One of them, Chen Sheng, decides to fulfill his dead mother’s wish and sets off on a train journey to look for his brother’s abandoned child. His partner in the clinic, a lonely old lady, asks
Chen to take an old photograph, a shirt and a cassette to her old sweetheart, who is now very ill. On his way to Zhenyuan County, Chen passes a strange little town called Dangmai, where time is not linear and people’s lives complement each other. Here, Chen experiences the past, present and future and begins to reflect upon his life. When Chen eventually reaches Zhenyuan, he only watches his brother’s abandoned child with a pair of binoculars from a distance. He gives the old lady’s keepsake to her former sweetheart’s son and then gets back on the train to complete his return journey. It is difficult to tell whether this world is a product of our memory, or whether we are simply a daydream of this world...

Awards & Festivals:

The 68th Festival del film Locarno Concorso Cineasti del presente Competition, Best Emerging Director Award

The 68th Festival del film Locarno First Feature Competition, Special Mention

The 34th Vancouver International Film Festival

The 22nd Valdivia Film Festival International Competition

The V'15 Viennale

2015 London East Asia Film Festival

The 13rd Mumbai International Film Festival International Comeptition

The 30th Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata

VIII Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife

The 12nd China Independent Film Festival The Independent Critics Prize

The 6th Malatya International Film Festival

The 8th Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival Competition

The 52nd Golden Horse Awards, Best New Director Award

The 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Observation Missions for Asian Cinema Award

The 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, The International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI Prize)

The 26th Stockholm International Film Festival Asian Images Section

The 46th International Film Festival of India, Goa Kaleidoscope Section

The 37th Festival des 3 Continents International Competition, Monttgolfiere d'Or Award 

The 26th Singapore International Film Festival Asian Vision Section

The 41st Seoul Independent Film Festival International Invitation Section

The 30th Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival International Competition

The 20th International Film Festival of Kerala World Cinema Section

The 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam Bright Future Section

The 21st Cinema du Monde Festival in Paris

The 29th Manosque Film Festival

The 6th Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival Competition, Nomination of Best Picture

The 15th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival Inspired Competition, !f Inspired Award

The 6th UNAM International Film Festival Competition, Best Director Award

The 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival Competition, Golden Lady Harimaguada Award 

The 20th Sofia International Film Festival

The 45th New Directors/New Films Festival

The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival Chinese Cinema Now Section

2016 Festival of Diversity of Franche-Comte

The 21st Vilnius International Film Festival Discoveries Section

The 7th China Film Directors Guild Award, Best New Director Award

The 23rd Titanic Budapest International Film Festival Asian Winds Section

The 35th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival Asian Frontiers Section

The 6th Beijing International Film Festival Forward Future Competition, The Most Attractive Film Award 

The 6th Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival Competition

The 27th International Ankara Film Festival

The 12nd Kino Otok-Isola Cinema International Film Festival Signals Section

The 19th Shanghai International Film Festival Chinese Films of the Moment Section

The 1st Novos Cinema Film Festival Official Selection

The 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Another View Section

The 52nd Pesaro Film Festival Competition

The 63rd Pula Film Festival International Competition

The 2nd Queensland Film Festival 

The 7th Odessa International Film Festival Festival of Festivals Section

The 65th Melbourne International Film Festival International Panorama Section

The 40th Montreal World Film Festival Official Selection

The 26th Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival New and Much Talked About Films from Asia Section

The 14th International Film Festival of Asian-Pacific Countries "Pacific Meridian" in Vladivostok In Focus Section

The 3rd Xi'an Silk Road Film Festival

The 1st Mostra Cinematografica Chinese in Italia Competition

The 3rd DC Chinese Film Festival Closing Film

2016 Milwaukee Film Festival Competition

The 13th Changchun Film Festival

2016 Festival of Passionate Cinema of Ajaccio

The 20th Canberra International Film Festival 

The 11th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum, Special Jury Award

The 11th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum, The Annual Cutting-Edge Filmmakers, nomination of Best Editor

The 3rd Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival A Matter of Form Section

The 10th Asia Pacific Screen Award, nomination of Achievement in Directing

The 10th Asia Pacific Screen Award, nomination of Achievement in Cinematography

The 10th Asia Pacific Screen Award, Young Cinema Prize, Special Mention

2016 Deep Focus Chinese Film Festival in Madrid

The 22nd Festival of Auteur Films in Belgrade Bande a Part Section  

2016 Costa Rica International Film Festival

The 5th Silk Road Film Festival Features Section

The 5th Helsinki Cine Aaisa

The 24th Beijing College Student Film Festival, Art Exploration Award

The 1st China New Force, Best Director Award 

The  5th Chinese Film Fest Munchen

The 37th Foro International de Cine

2017 Chinese Film Panorama(Hong Kong)

2017 Kino Asia Film Festival

2017 Lychee Film Festival

The 10th Chinese Film Festival in New Zealand (Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch)

2017 Yarha International Film Festival