The film’s official synopsis reads: “In a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, 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 find her old lover, and pass along to him a few mementos: an old photograph, a shirt and a music cassette. On the way, however, Chen passes through a mysterious town called Dangmai, where time is not linear and people’s lives complement each other. Here, Chen experiences the past, present and future. It’s unclear whether this place and its inhabitants are the doctor’s dream, or the other way around.”
The film debuted at Locarno, where it won both Best Emerging Director and a Special Mention for the First Feature award. It later screened at Toronto.
The deal was negotiated by Krivoshey and Jack Lee of China Film International. Grasshopper Film will open “Kaili Blues” in theaters later this year.