Bi Gan (film director)

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Bi Gan
Born (1989-06-04) June 4, 1989 (age 30)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, poet, photographer

Bi Gan (毕赣, born 4 June 1989) is a Chinese film director, screenwriter, poet, and photographer. He was born in Kaili City (凯里), Guizhou (贵州). His first feature film, Kaili Blues, was released in 2015 and won Best New Film Director at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards,[1] the FIPRESCI Prize,[2] The Golden Montgolfiere Prize at the 37th Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes,[3] and the Best First Feature Film Award at The 68th Locarno Film Festival.[4]

Biography[edit]

Bi Gan was born in Kaili City in Guizhou Province in June 1989. He is an ethnic Miao.[5]

During his college years, Bi watched Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, later stating in an interview, "Cinema can be different [from mainstream films]; you can make what you like. What I had seen up to that point were mainly Hollywood films. What I was taught was pretty boring."[6] Because of this particular film, he made up his mind to pursue filmmaking. "Before that, my parents and my relatives thought I would become jobless after graduation since I didn't want to do anything."[6]

Filmmaking career[edit]

In 2010 he made the short fiction film South, which won the first prize at the university-sponsored "Guang Sui Ying Dong" (Light Follows the Motion of Shadow) Film Festival.

Two years later in 2012, he made a black-and-white short film Diamond Sutra (《金刚经》), which features a story of murder in a small isolated town in the mountain. The film received Special Mention Award from the 19th Hong Kong ifva (Incubator for Film and Visual media in Asia), an award organized by Hong Kong Arts Centre,[7] and was ranked top 10 at the 9th China Independent Film Festival in Nanjing, China.[8]

In 2015, Bi's debut feature film, Kaili Blues, written by himself, gave the emerging director wider exposure. The film also garnered the Best New Film Director at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards (金馬獎),[1] the FIPRESCI Prize (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique),[2] the Golden Montgolfiere Prize at the 37th Festival of the Three Continents (Festival des 3 Continents) in Nantes,[3] and the Best First Feature Film Award at the 68th Locarno Film Festival (Festival del film Locarno).[4]

In 2017, Bi wrote and directed his second feature film Long Day's Journey into Night (《地球最后的夜晚》), starring Tang Wei, Huang Jue, Sylvia Chang, and Li Hongqi. The film is also based in Guizhou Province and was released in 2018.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "台北金馬影展 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival" (in Chinese). Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "FIPRESCI - Bi Gan". www.fipresci.org. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Festival des 3 Continents | Kaili Blues". www.3continents.com. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Lu bian ye can". www.locarnofestival.ch. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  5. ^ Kraicer, Shelly. "Cinema Scope | Kaili Blues (Bi Gan, China)". Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b 网易. "毕赣:我把看电影叫面壁思过_网易新闻". news.163.com. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Past Award Winning Titles — The 19th ifva Awards". www.ifva.com. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  8. ^ "第九届中国独立影像年度展(CIFF) 影像档案 艺术档案". www.artda.cn. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard". Variety. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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