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

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

MMild themes and occasional coarse language


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Summer 1993

★★★★★
“A jewel. Masterly. One of the year’s best films. In its subtlety, richness and warmth it is entirely beguiling – complex and simple at the same time. It has some of the most miraculous child performances I can remember seeing… There is something awe-inspiring in realising that, to all intents and purposes, what we are seeing is real. What a lovely film this is.“
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

★★★★ 1/2
“Extremely touching. An intimate autobiography that is not only very specific as to time and place but also of the widest possible universal appeal. All the performances are good, and those of the children outstandingly so. A wonderfully honest and gracefully directed insight into the world of children.“
David Stratton, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

★★★★
“Suberbly conveyed. The action plays out as if plucked from life and deposited straight on to the screen… Simon and her team auditioned about a thousand children to play Frida. It paid off. Frida’s gaze governs everything, taking you back to the mysteries, the insecurities – and the joys – of being six.”
Sandra Hall, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“Wonderful. The way Simón expresses her themes through gestures and emotion points to a true cinematic talent. She treads potentially sentimental terrain, but impresses with sophistication and nuance. Recommended.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

“Gentle and poetic. A uniquely vivid and evocative kind of storytelling reminiscent of The Spirit of the Beehive. This is a memorable look at our desire to love and feel safe, to connect and belong — and the unexpected ways in which families can reshape and grow.”
Gary Goldstein, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

★★★★★
“Outstanding. A gem. It’s a profoundly humanistic film, bringing home powerfully the sheer achievement of parenthood, as well as how the surrounding society comes through to show its implicit tolerance. Simón’s achievement in drawing these performances from her young cast, Artigas in particular, can hardly be praised too highly. Very special.”
Tom Birchenough, THE ARTS DESK

“Arresting. An extraordinary and beautiful work of grief and memory. As tactile as the sting of a sunburn. The weight hits like a rock finally settling on a shallow freshwater floor.”
Kyle Turner, THE VILLAGE VOICE

★★★★★
“Utterly beguiling.
Wendy Ide, THE OBSERVER

“Movingly understated and beautifully acted. The colours are muted and the style is naturalistic; swimming ponds and poultry and heat-languid vegetables enable the children’s games, and the cinematographer, Santiago Racaj, crouches down to toddler height to watch. Through his lens, we see an entirely new family being born.”
Jeanette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

★★★★★
“Gorgeous. A stunning debut.“
Simon Kinnear, TOTAL FILM

★★★★ 1/2
“Magic. One of the most memorable debuts in recent years. Feels like a moving letter written by an adult to a much younger self. A film of jaw-dropping and gripping beauty.”
Leonardo Goi, THE FILM STAGE

“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.”
Sarah Ward, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

★★★★ 1/2
“Astonishing. One of the most profound depictions of childhood ever brought to screen.“
Anthony Carew, THE MUSIC

OFFICIAL SELECTION (SPAIN) – 2018 ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR, SUPP. ACTOR, BREAKTHROUGH ACTRESS – 2018 SPANISH ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – BEST FIRST FILM – 2018 PLATINO 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

One of 2018’s most awarded and acclaimed films (achieving a rare 100% positive rating by over 60 international critics), Carla Simón’s autobiographical debut is an evocative and profoundly affecting depiction of childhood and family lost and found, marking 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. SUMMER 1993 is a film to discover, treasure and share.

MORE…
“A stunning drama of a childhood ripped apart” – read Peter Bradshaw’s 5-star review for The Guardian (12/07/18)

“Carla Simon’s Summer 1993 looks at change through a child’s eyes” – The Australian (01/08/18)

“Spanish summer story resonates across world” – The Sydney Morning Herald (23/07/18)

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

“How to Shoot an Award-Winning Film About Your Own Life” No Film School (30/05/18)

Summer 1993

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