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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Yang Heng

YANG Heng (1975, China) graduated from the Hunan Broadcasting College in 1994, and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Photography from the Beijing Film Academy in 2001. Since 2002, Yang has been working as an independent director and scriptwriter. With his feature film debut Betelnut he won the New Currents Award at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2006 and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2007. Having appeared at IFFR in previous years (Sun Spots, IFFR 2009), Yang made a return with his latest feature, Silent Ghosts, selected for IFFR 2023.

Filmography

Accidented (2001, short), Carriage (2002, short), The Forgotten Moments (2004, short), Binglang/Betelnut (2006), Nirvana (2008, instal), Guang ban/Sun Spots (2009), Na pian hu shui/Lake August (2014), Ghost in the Mountains (2017), Silent Ghosts (2022)

Yang Heng at IFFR

  • Silent Ghosts

    Five men, five histories, five apparitions of a woman. A lush story about gossamer memories and dreams.

    • Harbour
  • Lake August

    To forget the death of his father and a broken relationship, a young man roams through a far corner of China. He comes to a halt in a resort. Yang has

    • Hubert Bals Fund
  • Betelnut

    Two kids share love, desire and boredom in a long hot summer on the banks of a river in Hunan, three hours by plane plus three hours by bus from Beiji

    • Cinema of the Future: Sturm und Drang
  • Nirvana

    Installation by a young Chinese film maker who brought his début film to Rotterdam last year. Now he makes his debut as an installation maker with a p

    • Exploding Cinema: New Dragon Inns
  • Lake August

    To forget the death of his father and a broken relationship, a young man roams through a far corner of China. He comes to a halt in a resort. Yang has

    • Spectrum
  • Sun Spots

    Successful Chinese example of minimalist cinema combines beautiful, very sharp HD images without camera movements with a story about a tragic relation

    • VPRO Tiger Awards Competition