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282 Ratings

The Summer of Sangaile

Sangailės vasara

Directed by Alanté Kavaïté
Lithuania, France, 2015


Sangailė, 17, is fascinated by stunt planes, but is afraid of heights. When she meets Auste, a daring and creative girl her age at an aeronautical show, the two girls fall in love. Sangailė allows Auste to discover her deepest secret, and finds in her romance the only person to encourage her to fly.

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The Summer of Sangaile Directed by Alanté Kavaïté

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2015 | Winner: World Cinema - Dramatic (Directing Award)

Stockholm International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Best Actress

Athens International Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Best Director (City of Athens Award)

A gorgeous coming-of-age tale paralleling a would-be teen pilot’s wish to conquer her vertigo and take to the skies with her falling into a joyous summer fling with another girl. It marks Alantė Kavaitė as a director to watch.
July 10, 2016
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Dreamy and delicate, trite and oh so earnest, “The Summer of Sangaile” presents a soft-core frolic in teenage Sapphic bliss with the solemnity of a world-shattering event. Crowding the screen with more coming-of-age metaphors than either dialogue or story, the Lithuanian writer and director Alante Kavaite composes a hymn to infatuation and a sonnet to afterglow.
November 19, 2015
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The aviation theme recurs in frequent bird’s-eye views that sweep over the small yet affecting story. “Thanks for being you,” Sangaile says to Auste at one point. It’s a simple statement, maybe a little sentimental, but in this tale of young love, it works.
November 17, 2015
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