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Return to the City: Long Day's Journey into Night (12A)

Cinema On Demand

a man walks through the darkly lit streets of a city

A search for a lost love animates this sensuous, dream-like drama set in the city of Kaili in south-east China.

After many years away, a solitary man, Luo Hongwu, returns to his hometown for his father’s funeral. There, he is assailed by memories of a former lover, Wan Quiwen, triggering an obsessive need to find her again. Luo’s present-day quest and his memories of their romance intertwine; both play out against a backdrop of marginal, semi-derelict urban spaces – concrete tunnels, dilapidated housing blocks, railway tracks – with a weird, hallucinatory quality.

The film’s dazzling second act opens when Luo wanders into a dingy cinema and puts on a pair of 3D glasses, whereupon he re-emerges on-screen in a film-within-a-film that begins in a tunnel, then proceeds to a pool hall and an open-air karaoke bar. His journey through this labyrinthine cityscape is captured in single, hour-long, gravity-defying take. 

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China/France 2018 Dir Bi Gan 139 min Digital presentation

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