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A question asked during the Q & A of Bi Gan's fascinating "Long Day's Journey into Night" brought about an answer from the young Chinese director that continues to linger in my mind. The person in the audience asked the director if he thinks contemporary filmmakers should focus on making emotionally driven films (like Gan's work), as opposed to making movies that comment on the current socio-political atmosphere of their respective countries. Gan, coming across as an incredibly humble filmmaker, said something along the lines that he feels that his contemporaries are more aware, daring, and mature in their attempt to comment on the political. He, himself, feels limited, which why he makes films about internal emotions.

As I interpreted it,…

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