Directed by Vítor Gonçalves. With Isabel Galhardo, Diogo Dória,
José Manuel Mendes
Portugal 1986, 16mm, color, 80 min. Portuguese with English subtitles
One of the great Portuguese films of the 1980s, A Girl in Summer immediately announced Vítor Gonçalves (b. 1951) as the foremost director of his generation. A moody and atmospheric portrait of a young woman unable to make the crucial decisions needed to move forward with her life, A Girl in Summer is also a fascinating portrait of post-Salazar youth culture. A senior professor at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Gonçalves now occupies the position of Reis, his former teacher.