ZHANG Dalei (1982, China) grew up near the film studio where his father worked. He studied Film Directing in Saint Petersburg, after which he worked as a director's assistant and made several short films. His feature length film The Summer Is Gone (2016) was awarded Best Film at the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei.
Zhang Dalei at IFFR
The Summer Is Gone
Shot in sumptuous black-and-white, debut filmmaker Zhang presents a melancholy recreation of the end of an era unaffected by market forces. A sleepy provincial town in the 1990s to the west of Peking. Twelve-year-old Xiaolei and his friends start out on an endless summer, during which his parents’ cares gradually become apparent to him.