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11 Ratings

The Summer Is Gone

八月 | Ba Yue

Directed by Dalei Zhang
China, 2016


In Inner Mongolia in the early 1990s, 12-year-old Xiaolei enjoys summer with his father, who works at a film studio, and his education-minded mother. But life is rapidly changing, as stable jobs at state-owned companies disappear.

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The Summer Is Gone Directed by Dalei Zhang

Awards & Festivals

Golden Horse Film Festival

2016 | 3 wins including: Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Youth Feature Film

An impossibly mature first film, all about what cinema has to do, where memory won't suffice; what life can't remember, that imagination needs to invent. With undertones of Taiwanese masters Hou and Yang, Zhang speaks in a fully formed, fully original voice that compels attention.
December 29, 2016
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Sans historical context, catch the ominous whiff of an end of an era purveyed through exquisite black and white photography, crisp and patient as if attuned to the gossamer-thin tides of change.
March 15, 2017
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The director, Dalei Zhang, dedicated the movie "to the generation that birthed ours," and while he wraps it in nostalgia, most overtly through the black-and-white cinematography and lush music, there's real sting here.
March 14, 2017
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