The One Who Runs Away Is the Ghost


  • Qinyuan Lei
  • Germany, China
  • 2021
  • 75 min
  • World Premiere
  • International Competition

Available in Docs for Sale after the world premiere at IDFA.

The two sisters Haohao and Zhouzhou (five and eight) spend most of their time outside of school in the electronics market of Huaqiangbei, a market in Shenzhen once known for its counterfeit electronics products, now the center of electronics production in China. As new immigrants to the city, their parents started a ten-square-meter shop on the ninth floor of the market a year ago. In the eyes of the two sisters, the world of electronics gradually opened up to them, then transformed into an imaginary world of dangerous creatures and ghost stories. The other children in the market are also spreading the word that a violent storm is coming.


Qinyuan Lei
Qinyuan Lei


World Sales
Qinyuan Lei
Festival Handling
Julian Moser for moserfilm, Qinyuan Lei

More information

Available versions
72', DCP, color
Spoken languages

About Docs for Sale


Docs for Sale facilitates sales of high-end documentaries by gathering all interested parties, both during the festival and through online services. Docs for Sale subscribers can log in for more information and to stream this film.

IDFA history

World Premiere
International Competition

Share this film

Print this page

IDFA history

This website uses cookies.

By using cookies we can measure how our site is used, how it can be further improved and to personalize the content of online advertisements.

 here everything about our cookie policy. If you choose to decline, we only place functional and analytical cookies