A Summer’s End Poem

Sommer, Ende
In a village near the southern Chinese city of Chaozhou, a boy has spent the summer with his grandfather. As the last day of the holidays approaches, he gathers together his hard-earned savings to fulfil a dream: he has long yearned for a city hairstyle. But the gap between expectation and reality is large. This story of a boy who bids farewell to his childhood and embarks on a journey towards self-discovery transcends the boundaries of a small village and resonates with universal themes such as growing up and the unpredictable nature of life.
by Lam Can-zhao
with Cai Jingbo, Cai Liyu, Lan Zhongqing
People’s Republic of China / Switzerland / Malaysia 2024 Min Nan 15’ World premiere recommendation: 12 years and up


  • Cai Jingbo (Boy)
  • Cai Liyu (Classmate)
  • Lan Zhongqing (Long Hair Man)


Director Lam Can-zhao
Screenplay Lam Can-zhao, He Yupeng, Xu Shutong
Cinematography Pan Wenhua
Editing Lam Can-zhao
Music Mu Qingfeng
Sound Design Lai Wenhua
Sound Lai Wenhua
Production Design Li Ji
Costumes Zheng Wenna
Make-Up Li Ying
Casting Weng Jiexi
Producer Lam Can-zhao
Executive Producers Yana Lekarska, Jeremiah Foo
Co-Producer Tammy Tai
Co-Production eMuse Pictures Kuala Lumpur
Movie Sushi Zürich

Lam Can-zhao

Born in China in 1994, he made his directorial debut at the age of 20 with the low-budget feature film The Dog. In 2023, he produced, wrote and edited the short film A Bright Sunny Day which was selected for La Cinef at the 76th Cannes Film Festival. His films have screened in over 300 festivals worldwide including Visions du Réel, Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF, Jeonju IFF, Shanghai IFF, Beijing IFF, Moscow IFF, Durban IFF, Les Rencontres d’Arles and DocAviv.


2015 The Dog 2016 The Day Before Chinese New Year 2018 Animal World 2019 War for Keyboard Warriors 2023 Nv De (Old Fashion, New Life) · A Bright Sunny Day 2024 A Summer’s End Poem

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024