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The First Summer


The First Summer

Isabel and Miguel meet during a driving lesson. They start hanging out and end up spending the summer together. In Autumn, he travels to visit his family, while she stays and takes care of his dog. When he returns their love for each other will be tested.

The first summer shapes the first years of our lives: we are freer after our fist summer, when we make our first decisions, when we have time to feel in our own terms, without hurrying. This film has the pace of the summer holidays spent on temporary jobs, driving classes, taking walks by the river and falling naively in love. Isabel meets Miguel and every day they get a little closer. The easiness of summer might not be perpetuated in time.

Information for the Audience: 

Directors: Adriano Mendes

Writers: Adriano Mendes

Producers: Rui Mendes, ZÊZERE

Key cast: Anabela Caetano, Adriano Mendes


Director: Adriano Mendes

(1988, Sertã, Portugal) 
First setting his foot in cinema in 2001, he has directed several short films shown at national and international film festivals. In 2011 he graduated in Directing at ESTC National Film and Theater School (Lisbon). 
O PRIMEIRO VERÃO (The First Summer) is his first feature film. World premiered in 11st IndieLisboa IIF, international premiered at 17th Shangai IFF and in 36th Moscow IFF. Release in national Theatres at July 9.



Screenings / Awards: 
  • IndieLisboa - Independent International Film Festival

    April 25, 2014
    World Premiere
    * TAP Award for BEST PORTUGUESE FEATURE FILM; * Restart Award for BEST FILM Brand New

  • Shanghai International Film Festival

    June 14, 2014
    Internacional Premiere

  • Moscow International Film Festival

    June 25, 2014
    European Premiere

  • Figueira da Foz Film Festival

    Figueira da Foz, Portugal
    September 11, 2014
    * BEST Leading ACTRESS (Anabela Caetano)

  • Mumbai Film Festival

    Mumbai (Bombaim)
    October 17, 2014
    India Premiere

  • Bogota Film Festival

    October 24, 2014
    South America Premiere

  • Cinemed - Mediterranean Film Festival

    October 28, 2014
    France Premiere

  • Caminhos do Cinema Português, festival

    November 20, 2014
    * REVELATION Award

  • CinemAvvenire Film Festival

    December 19, 2014
    Italy Premiere
    * BEST FILM (European Section)

  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Iquique

    February 11, 2015
    Chile Premiere

  • Canada International Film Festival

    April 12, 2015
    North America Premiere
    * RISING STAR Award (Feature Competition)

  • Festival de Cine Europeo

    May 21, 2015

  • Indy Film Fest

    July 17, 2015
    USA Premiere

  • First International Film Festival Xining

    July 23, 2015
    Pequim Premiere

  • Festival Peliculatina

    September 25, 2015
    Belgium Premiere

  • World of Film: International Festival Glasgow

    October 2, 2015
    Ireland Premiere

  • European Union Film Festival in China

    October 21, 2015

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Information for theatres: 

Student project: No
Completion date: 2014-04-17
Shooting format: Digital
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Film color: Color
First-time filmmaker: Yes

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