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End of Summer (2017) by Quan Zhou

Frank de Boer strides. The ball lazily at his feet with direction. Suddenly vision. A long, fifty metre pass. The right foot of Dennis Bergkamp in the Argentina penalty area. Control. Dead. The second touch. The ball bounces behind behind Roberto Ayala. The right foot scoops. The ball curves passed Carlos Roa. The net bulges. The arms raised.

Twenty years on from that Bergkamp goal and France’s destruction of Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final, all eyes are on Russia to see who will capture football’s greatest prize. Quan Zhou’s debut feature looks back at the summer of ’98 and the developing friendship between a young boy and his elderly and lonely neighbour in a small Chinese town, with the odd football reference thrown in.

End of Summer is screening at the 17th New York Asian Film Festival

Xiaoyang (Zishan Rong) is a boy popular at school, naturally

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