Before Summer Ends


The Main 3 Fri, Jul 13, 2018 5:00 PM
The Main 3 Thu, Jul 19, 2018 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Avant la fin de l'été
Program:Lumières Françaises
Young French Cinema
Road Movie
Women Directors
Release Year:2017
Runtime:80 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Unifrance
Intermezzo Films SA
4A4 Productions
Director:Maryam Goormaghtigh
Producer:David Mathieu-Mahias
Mani Mortazavi
Andrea Queralt
Cinematographer:Maryam Goormaghtigh
Editor:Gwénola Héaulme
Composer:Marc Siffert


Original Title: Avant la fin de l'été

As light as a feather yet anchored by the melancholy weight of approaching change, Before Summer Ends is the bittersweet chronicle of a single summer in the life of three Iranian students living in France, an utterly unique, beguiling mixture of documentary and fiction in the perennial form of a road movie.

When Hossein and Ashkan learn that their friend Arash has decided to return to Iran, they convince him to take a road trip to the south of France, secretly hoping he will meet a woman and decide not to leave. But their encounter with two young women in a punk rock band does not yield the expected results and the twin realities of living in exile or returning to a repressive society begin to dawn on them. Playing themselves, the three leading men are by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, clumsy and compelling. But the greatest feat belongs to fledgling director Maryam Goormaghtigh, who made the film on a shoestring budget, with little more than her camera, a borrowed car, her three friends Arash, Hossein, and Ashkan, and a wonderfully empathetic eye for life’s quirks.


This film is part of Young French Cinema, which is a program of UniFrance & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Lumières Françaises highlights an exciting new generation of rising francophone talent on both sides of the camera, from rebellious comedies to exquisite dramas and vivid documentaries.