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One Summer

Yang Yishu

Release year: 2015

Run time: 93 mins

Film type: Fiction


Yang Yishu’s first feature film traces a woman’s efforts to find her husband, and to understand why the police have detained him without explanation. The film captures the feeling of constant anxiety, uncertainty, and vulnerability that prevails in contemporary China.


Director biography

Dr Yang Yishu is currently an Associate Professor of Filmmaking and Dramatic Arts at Nanjing University. Before its release on DVD in 2009, her 2006 documentary, Who is Hao Ran, was selected for the Locarno International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and China Independent Film Festival. One Summer, her first fiction film, was selected for the 2014 Busan Film Festival of Korean and the 2015 Vesoul Film Festival—where it won the Prix du Jury—and was also selected for the 2015 Hamburg Film Festival, the Taiwan Women’s Film Festival, and won Best Fiction Film at the Beijing Independent Film Festival. Her book, Film Within Film: A Study of Meta-Cinema, was published by Nanjing University Press in 2011.