Director Bi Gan has proven himself to be a cinematic force. His debut film, Kaili Blues, played with time and memory in the story of a man on a quest to find his nephew — and included a breathtaking, 40-minute tracking shot.
Long Day’s Journey into Night pushes the boundaries of the form even further: as the film reaches its peak, Bi launches into a single-take dream sequence that runs just short of an hour long. And on top of that, the shot (unlike the rest of the film) is in 3D.
The film, which screened in Un Certain Regard at last year’s Cannes Film Festival as well as at TIFF and NYFF, hits theaters in April, with the first trailer premiering here on Polygon.
In Long Day’s Journey into Night, Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) returns to his hometown for his father’s funeral and finds himself encountering the ghosts from his past. Key among them is the memory of a lost love, Wan Quiwen (Tang Wei). The trail leads him everywhere from a restaurant formerly owned by an old friend to a women’s prison, and always in pursuit of the color green, be it in Wan’s clothing, or in objects she’d once stolen away.
Also starring Taiwanese cinema legend Sylvia Chang, the film is a gorgeous, moody piece that, like Kaili Blues, plays with methods of storytelling, forgoing a linear story to draw out the emotions of its viewer. Luo’s journey transforms from a physical one into an internal one, and the dimension shifts along with it.
Long Day’s Journey into Night will open in New York City and Seattle on April 12, and expand to Los Angeles and other major cities from there. All theatrical bookings will show the film in 3D.