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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

The Summer of Sangaile


Directed by Alanté Kavaïté

LIthuania / 2015 / 88 mins / Lithuanian with English subtitles


Seventeen year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter in one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents’ lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age, who, unlike Sangaile, lives a life of creativity and daring. Over the course of a magical summer as the two girls become lovers Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and finds in her teenage love the only person to truly encourage her dreams. Kavaité’s lyrical, sensual coming of age story, winner of the Best Director in the Sundance international competition, is matched by its soaring visual majesty and sensitive performances from its two young leading ladies. A feast for the senses in every respect, accurately described by the Hollywood Reporter as being “Awash with ripe, voluptuous summertime imagery and brimming with aborning adolescent female sexuality.” This film is co-presented by the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago.