Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
Screening Dates
VIFF 2021

Reminiscent of its monochromatic brethren Dead Man and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Queena Li’s Bipolar is an odyssey all its own: a buddy comedy featuring a broken-hearted musician and technicolour lobster that sends the Orpheus myth crashing through the looking glass. In the Tibetan capital of Lhasa on a luxury pilgrimage, a directionless woman (Leah Dou) discovers newfound purpose when she decides to liberate a sacred rainbow lobster from its cramped tank and return it to the ocean. Travelling is just like dreaming,” our protagonist claims. Backing this assertion, Li devises a hallucinatory trek featuring eerie roadside attractions like an abandoned zoo and an overstocked wig shop. Meanwhile, invasive dreams and heartbreaking memories make reality an even more slippery concept. A legitimate trip, Li’s road movie is delightfully all over the map, allowing this breakout director to explore her every whim. A music star in China, Dou contributes to the film’s score and proves herself a bewitching screen presence.

Cast: Leah Dou, Giver He

Altered States: Genre-bending features that defy traditional classification and demand that you play by their warped rules.

VIFF Signature

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Vancouver International Film Festival in co-presenting these in-cinema screenings during VIFF 2021. Please note that Cinematheque Passes and Ticket Packs are not valid for any Vancouver International Film Festival screenings.