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The One Who Runs Away is the Ghost Qinyuan Lei

九樓日記

On the ninth floor of a shopping mall in Shenzen, where their parents own an electronics store, young children turn their mundane and impersonal surroundings into a fantasy world populated by mythical ghosts. This first feature from Qinyuan Lei dives into an imaginary world where a stairwell and a pile of boxes become fertile playgrounds. The filmmaker’s poetic narration underpins the film with her experience in a similar environment, in the same city, which she wanted to escape. The One Who Runs Away is the Ghost is a highly personal exploration of a once-familiar place, filmed from a child’s-eye view.
— Editorial Team

The One Who Runs Away is the Ghost

  • Country : Germany, China
  • Year : 2021
  • V.O : Mandarin
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 72 MIN
  • Cinematography : Julian Moser
  • Editing : Henrike Dosk
  • Production : Julian Moser
  • Music : Stefan Paul Goetsch
  • Sound Design : Simon Peter
The film’s journey :

International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam | World Premiere, International Competition

DOK.fest München | Nominee for SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit

DMZ International Documentary Film Festival | Official Selection

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