Zhi fan ye mao

Life After Life
Zhang Hanyi
China 2015
80 min

It’s hard to say exactly when it happens. A hare is let loose in the forest, a dog gives chase and the boy tears after them, his father in tentative pursuit. Minutes pass, the forest falls silent, and when the boy re-enters the frame, something has changed: he now speaks with the voice of his dead mother. Mingchung shows little surprise at Xiuying’s return, he even asks why she didn’t come earlier. She says she’ll leave again once she’s completed one simple task, to replant the tree that stands before their now abandoned home. But where do you move a tree to when it feels like the whole area is taking its last breaths? Mingchung’s uncle’s orchard is already dust and the very landscape seems sickly.
Zhang hanyi’s debut film is a beautifully austere ghost story, the story of a ghost returning home and finding nothing left, a story where a final glance at the camera is the only solace. (James Lattimer)

In the presence of Zhang Hanyi.

  • Zhang Li
  • Zhang Minjun
  • Wang Ji Shan
  • Wei Xiao Min
  • Wang Bing Qun
  • Zhang Zhi Min
  • Zhang Yan Xiu
  • Li Min Shan
  • Wang Jun Jun
  • Zhang Shu Xiang
  • Zhang Hanyi
  • Chang Mang
  • Zhang Yang
  • Matthieu Laclau
  • Yu Haoran
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