North American Premiere


Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Original Title: 八月 (BA YUE)

Running Time: 106min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition

Provincial China, the early 1990s. It is summer, and Xiaolei is 12. As the nation shifts toward a market economy, Xiaolei’s mother worries over his grades, his grandmother is ill, and his father in danger of losing his supposedly fixed position with a regional state-run film studio. All Xiaolei really wants to do is watch movies and play with his nunchucks.

Zhang Dalei’s feature debut is preternaturally exquisite—and so much more than your standard coming-of-age period film. Reminiscent of the films of Edward Yang, The Summer is Gone captures our imagination by lending its immense curiosity to each family member and focusing on tiny details that evoke immense feelings.


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Director: Zhang Dalei
Producer: Chen Lanthian, Yu Gong, Xufeng Liu, Lisi Mai, Jiahua Zhang
Screenwriter: Zhang Dalei
Executive Producer: Pema Tseden, Zhang Jian

Cinematographer: Songye Lv

Cast: Kong Weiyi, Zhang Chen, Guo Yanyun, Fu Gang, Guo Xu, Maomao, Zhang Kun, Du Xing, Zhang Jiashen

Zhang Dalei

Zhang Dalei was born in Hohhot City, China, where his father edited film at the Inner Mongolia Film Studio. Zhang is a graduate of Russia’s St. Petersburg State Film and Television University. The Summer is Gone (16) is his first film.