The Summer Is Gone, an award-winning film produced by China’s iQIYI Motion Pictures has been selected to screen in the 2017 New Directors/New Films Festival in New York. The film is the only Chinese entry among some 30 films screening at the festival.
The Summer Is Gone, the first theatrical art film launched by iQIYI, was a dark horse at the 53rd Golden Horse Award in Taiwan in November last year, entering the competition with six nominations and winning the most prestigious best feature film and best new performer for 10-year-old actor Kong Weiyi.
The film also won the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival’s FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Prize and Observation Missions of Asian Cinema Award, which were presented prior to the Golden Horse Award.
The black-and-white production from first-time director Zhang Dalei, set in small town in western China, is about a boy’s last summer vacation before he enters junior high school amid changes brought about by the privatization of state-owned companies where workers had long earned a comfortable and stable living.
The Summer Is Gone will be shown twice at New Directors/New Films Festival on March 16 and 17; followed by the theatrical release in China on March 24.