The first part of Year Without a Summer is set largely in the moonlight. On the evening when the singer Azam returns to the village he was so eager to flee as a little boy, he goes fishing in a boat with his friend Ali and his friend’s wife Minah.
They bob around in a boat as they tell each other old myths. When Minah shows she can hold her breath for three minutes and Azam does the same later, the camera waits calmly with the others until the time has passed. But for Azam that starts to last a very long time.
Tiger-Award winner Tan Chui Mui (Love Conquers All, 2007) uses many long shots in a style that alternates between realistic and mystical. The second part of the film is a retrospective look at the childhood of the two friends. For Azam, that time was spent waiting to grow older. Patience and desire are the main themes in this cinema poem in which fantasy and reality, present and past, become intertwined.

Filmmaker
Tan Chui Mui
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Malaysia
Year
2010
Medium
35mm
Length
90’
Language
Malay
Producer
Liew Seng Tat
Production Company
Da Huang Pictures
Sales
Da Huang Pictures, Winnie Chiang
Writer
Tan Chui Mui
Cinematography
Teoh Gay Hian
Editor
Tan Chui Mui
Sound Design
Pete Teo
Music
Azmyl Yunor
Cast
Nam Ron
Website
http://www.dahuangpictures.com/yearwithoutasummer