Han Nan Xia Ri

Summer Blur | Sommerflirren
“Mum really misses you. I bought you lots of presents. When you’re next here, I’ll take you to Disneyland...”

Like a seismograph, 13-year-old Guo moves through Han Shuai‘s feature debut: locked in a series of close-ups, more of an observer than a participant, quietly registering all of the tremors causing the fabric of her working-class social environment to crumble. Guo becomes witness to her friend accidentally drowning in the river, which results in her inability to deal with her feelings of grief, guilt and longing. The summer heat is as oppressive as the overbearing advances of one of her classmates, the shrill chirping of cicadas permeating the desolation of her loveless home on the outskirts of Wuhan – far away from a mother whose presence in her life is limited only to voice messages. A tender portrait of a young girl defying the confines of her circumstances and coming of age in the process.
by Han Shuai
with Gong Beibi, Huang Tian, Zhang Xinyuan, Yan Xingyue, Luo Feiyang
People’s Republic of China 2020 Chinese,  Subtitles: English 88’ Colour recommendation: 12 years and up

With

  • Gong Beibi (Aunt, Guo’s Mother)
  • Huang Tian (Guo)
  • Zhang Xinyuan (Zhao)
  • Yan Xingyue (Cousin)
  • Luo Feiyang (Xiaoman)
  • Wang Yizhu (Xiaoman’s Mother)
  • Xie Lixun (Uncle)
  • Chen Yongzhong (Zhao’s Father)

Crew

Written and Directed byHan Shuai
CinematographyPeter Pan
EditingTom Lin, Dong Jie
MusicHank Lee
SoundZhu Yunhao
Production DesignXu Yao
CostumesIris Wu
Production ManagerLiu Ziyi
ProducersHuang Xufeng, Liang Ying
Executive ProducersHuang Xufeng, Zhang Qun, Zhou Jiansen
Co-ProducersBai Yali, Song Jia
Co-ProductionDadi Film, Beijing
iQIYI Pictures, Beijing
Wuhan Tiangong Kaiwu Entertainment, Wuhan

Produced by

Factory Gate Films

Beijing, People’s Republic of China

gongchangdamen.com gongchangdamen.com

World sales

Rediance

Beijing, People’s Republic of China

www.rediancefilms.com www.rediancefilms.com

Han Shuai

The screenwriter and director graduated with a PhD from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. Her short films have won a number of awards, including at the Hangzhou Asian Film Festival and the Beijing Student Film Festival. Han Nan Xia Ri is her feature film debut.

Filmography

2013 The Time to Live and the Time to Die; short film 2014 The Son; short film 2015 Last Shot; short film 2020 Han Nan Xia Ri (Summer Blur)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021

Dates

Thu Jun 10 17:30

Neue Bühne Hasenheide

German voice-over

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Fri Jun 18 21:45

Freiluftkino Rehberge

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