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Lake August

Yang Heng

Release year: 2013

Run time: 114 mins

Film type: Fiction


One summer morning, Ah Li's father throws himself into a lake and ends his life. After the funeral, Ah Li lives a solitary life until one day, his former girlfriend tells him she is getting married. Feeling abandoned, Ah Li goes home and drinks himself into a stupor. He then decides to go to a lakeside resort to forget his troubles in a change of scene. There, he finds himself at a lakeside restaurant, where he meets the manager, a young lady named Ah Fang.


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.