In Inner Mongolia in the early 1990s, 12-year-old Xiaolei enjoys summer with his father, who works at a film studio, and his education-minded mother. But life is rapidly changing, as stable jobs at state-owned companies disappear. Hohhot-born director Zhang Dalei, who was inspired by "the magic of a daydream" he experienced while visiting his grandmother, has created a portrait of his country's past, in beautiful monochrome. Distancing itself from the nostalgic tone of popular teen dramas, the film presents a boy's detached view of the world. Pema Tseden, of Old Dog and Tharlo, is the executive producer. In a small town in western China in the early 1990s, after finishing primary school, Xiaolei looks forward to his long-awaited summer vacation, free of homework. However, this hot summer is not the usual leisurely summer he imagines, as it coincides with the transformation of state-owned companies and the loss of job security. While Xiaolei and his friends idle away the days, the ...