Summer Blur
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    Summer Blur

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    China

    2020

    88 min

    • Mandarin

    Drama

    Thirteen-year-old Guo, who lives with a selfish cousin, an always-tired aunt and her family, wants to live with her newly remarried mom in Shanghai. When a friend drowns while playing with Guo by the riverside, Guo flees the scene in shock. Yu, who likes Guo, knows that she was there on that day, but Yu’s infatuation only makes Guo uncomfortable. Summer Blur is a coming-of-age story about a girl on the threshold of puberty. Neglected by an irresponsible mother and living with an unwelcoming aunt, Guo enters the world of adults through a series of events that a thirteen-year-old cannot possibly handle. Director Han Shuai’s directing captures the strongminded Guo who defies age, class, and gender discrimination in a calm and restrained manner.

    Awards

    • Grand Prix for the Best Film, Kplus Competition - Berlinale

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Beibi GONG
    Tian HUANG
    Xinyuan ZHANG
    Screenplay
    Shuai Han
    Cinematography
    Peter Pan
    Editing
    Jie Dong
    Tom Hsin-Ming Lin
    Music
    Hank Lee
    Sales
    REDIANCE
    Production
    FACTORY GATE FILMS

    Press

    Captures the emotional toll of an anguished adolescence...a thoughtful, involving work.

    Cineuropa

    Han Shuai

    Han Shuai

    China

    Han Shuai graduated from the Central Academy of Drama with a Ph.D. She is the screenwriter and director of several short films. She won several awards including the Hangzhou Asian Film Festival and the Beijing Student Film Festival. SUMMER BLUR (2020) is her feature debut.