Original Title: Berkelana
Director: Tan Chui Mui
Runtime: 87 minutes
Language: Malay with English subtitles
CINEMA OF THE FUTURE.
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2011
A singer whose fame is dwindling, Azam returns to the hometown that he was so eager to flee three decades ago. There, he reunites with his childhood best friends, Ali and his wife Minah. Overjoyed to meet their long-lost friend, they invite Azam out for a nighttime fishing trip and a picnic on an uninhabited island. After hours of chatting about love, telling each other old village folktales and tiptoeing around the reasons for Azam’s long absence, they end the night with a game where each attempts to hold their breath underwater for three minutes. But Azam never reemerges. A chimerical blend of realism and mysticism, Year Without a Summer is a hypnotic experience that is at turns tranquil and unnerving, a film immersed in the deep rhythms of the sea.