The breakout critical discovery of the recent 2017 Berlinale, where it was named Best First Feature, Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel is one of the most evocative and affecting depictions of childhood seen in years.
Summer 1993

Estiu 1993
Director: Carla Simón
Cast: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Spain

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Summer 1993

“Sensitive, understated… A delicate sleeper of a film.”
Jay Weissberg, VARIETY

“Authentic and memorable. Affectionate but yearning. Much more than just a period-set rites of passage film. It might be with a child’s eyes that Summer 1993 relates the efforts of a six year-old trying to cope with grief, but it is with maturity, empathy and heartfelt emotion that it conveys the uncertain reality that follows.”
Jonathan Holland, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Thoughtful, delicately crafted and moving… establishes Simón as a talent to watch.”
Jonathan Holland, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Dreamlike. A beautiful and personal film, impressively and sensitively crafted. Its director and screenwriter Carla Simón is an exciting emerging filmmaker to watch.”
Melissa Palmenter, Jury President,
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL SUTHERLAND AWARD JURY

OFFICIAL SELECTION (SPAIN) – 2018 ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – BEST FILM – 2017 MALAGA FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FIRST FILM – 2017 BERLIN INTL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FIRST FILM, SPECIAL MENTION – 2017 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 LUX FILM PRIZE
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

The breakout critical discovery of the 2017 Berlinale, where it was named Best First Feature, Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel is one of the most evocative and affecting depictions of childhood seen in years, and marks the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema.

In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, six-year old Frida (Laia Artigas) is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt (Bruna Cusí) and uncle (David Verdaguer), her new legal guardians. Country life is a challenge: aside from the emotional upheaval, the nature that surrounds her is mysterious, if not dangerous. The couple’s own daughter Anna (Paula Robles), even younger than Frida, welcomes her new sister with open arms and without a flicker of jealousy, but Frida has a hard time coping with her emotions. Even as the new family begins to find a fragile balance, the source of her parents’ passing casts a shadow over how Frida is treated by the local community… Indeed, her life will never be the same.
 
To reveal more would only spoil the pleasures generated by this very special film experience, which proves that even the most familiar stories can seem brand new when told with such empathy, authenticity and beauty.

8x NOMINATIONS – 2017 SPANISH ACADEMY (GOYA) AWARDS:
Best Film, Best Debut Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Female Newcomer (Argigas), Best Supporting Actor (Verdaguer), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

MORE…
“Interview: Carla Simón Talks About Summer, Kids, Oscars – Variety (22/10/17)

Summer 1993

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