Bipolar (2021)

  • New Directors/New Films
  • 1h 51m
  • China
Available as part of ND/NF All Access Pass

Bipolar is presented with an antipiracy, visual watermark throughout the film.

This film still is available as part of the Virtual All-Access Pass through May 13. Use promo code “SAVE40” when purchasing for 40% off during checkout.

In this continually surprising, stylistically wild road movie, a young singer-songwriter (played by Leah Dou, daughter of Cantonese pop superstar Faye Wong) arrives in Lhasa, Tibet with no articulated purpose. Reeling from a recent, mysterious trauma, she suddenly finds kinship, or perhaps inspiration, in the brightly colored rainbow lobster on display in a tiny aquarium in her hotel lobby. Soon she absconds with the supposedly holy crustacean to return it to the legendary waters where it was caught—halfway across the country. Beijing Film Academy alum Queena Li’s debut feature uses this peculiar scenario as a framework for an outlandishly moving, occasionally hallucinatory tale of becoming and self-actualization.


Queena Li


Mandarin, Tibetan, Cantonese, English, French



Bonus Content

New Directors/New Films 2021 Trailer
Bipolar Q&A

A conversation with Queena Li moderated by Co-Chair of ND/NF and MOMA film programmer, La Frances Hui.

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