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Sun Spots

Yang Heng

Release year: 2009

Run time: 112mins

Film type: Fiction


Ali is a debt collector in the county town, making a living as a henchman in the criminal underworld. One day, Ali is awakened by his drunken father and witnesses a distant argument between Xiaodong and Xiaomin. From then on, the three of them develop a relationship. Later, Ali falls in love with Xiaomin, but she continues to have a connection with Xiaodong. In the end, Ali chooses an extreme way to bid farewell to his love.


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.