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Ghost in the Mountains

Yang Heng

Release year: 2017

Run time: 136 mins

Film type: Fiction


A middle-aged man returning to his hometown was stabbed to death in the wilderness. The film narrates the various experiences the man encountered on his journey back home in a retrospective manner. He always roamed the mountain roads, seemingly searching for something, yet gaining nothing, like a dream.


Director biography

Yang Heng, born in 1975, is of the Tujia ethnic group and hails from Jishou City, Hunan Province, China. He graduated from the Photography Department of the Beijing Film Academy in 2001. In 2006, he completed his debut film "Betelnut" and won the New Currents Award at the 11th Busan International Film Festival, the Prix Nouveau Regard at the 28th Three Continents Festival in Nantes, France, and the FIRPRESCI Winner at the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2007. In 2007, he was invited to create the film installation "Nirvana" for the Rotterdam Film Festival. His screenplay "Sun Spots" was selected for the Cinefondation project at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. In 2008, he participated in the Portugal Film Cooperation Program and was invited to shoot the short film "Ping Pong". He has also directed short films such as "Ao Tu", "Compartment", and "Forgotten Moments". In 2013, he completed the film "Lake August", nominated for the FIRPRESCI Award at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival. In 2022, director Yang Heng's film "Silent Ghosts" was selected for the Harbour section of the 52nd Rotterdam International Film Festival. That same year, he won the WIP Award and the "Marché du Film" in Cannes, both at the 20th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), and was also nominated for the WIP section of the 5th Pingyao International Film Festival.