Skip to content

Directed by Zhang Hanyi

China 2016 80 mins. In Mandarin

A young boy becomes possessed by his late mother, whose spirit has wandered Shanxi Province’s disintegrating cave homes for years. With the help of his supernatural-phenomenon-accepting father, they set out to replant a special tree before she can depart the world. In ethereal, beautifully composed sequences of a barren rural-industrial village on the edge of collapse, Zhang captures the spectral gap between life and the hereafter. “A Chinese ghost story with a difference, its characters—man or ghost—struggling in an absurd world at once strangely hilarious and eerily terrifying.”—Hollywood Reporter.

Reviews: Film CommentSlant MagazineHollywood Reporter

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.