Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)
(2017) 97 mins
Director: Carla Simón
Writer: Carla Simón
Cinematography: Santiago Racaj
Production Design: Mónica Bernuy
Music: Pau Boïgues, Ernest Pipó
In the summer of 1993, 6-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas) leaves Barcelona and her grandparents for the countryside. After her father, her mother has just died of a mysterious illness, and she is going to live with her uncle Esteve and aunt Marga, in an old stone farmhouse close to a forest in the mountains. Her new “parents” are warm and affectionate and their 3-year-old daughter Anna (Paula Robles) becomes Frida’s playmate. For a child less disturbed than miserable uprooted Frida, this would be an idyllic environment. But Frida is disturbed and although there are undeniably good times at her new home, there is also unexpressed pain which makes her both feel sad and behave badly.
In Catalan with subtitles
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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.
“The film – which was Spain’s nomination for the Foreign Language Oscar last year – wears its story lightly. Even when Simón is dealing with heavier themes her focus is on Frida and her emotions. Occasionally languid, but never less than lovely, Simón has crafted a memorable debut, that could easily mark the start of a long career for its young star Artigas.” Eye for Film
“Essential to the film’s success is the authenticity of the two young girls. Both are amazing naturals, most of the time behaving as if they are totally unaware that there is a camera present.” Austin Chronicle
“Striking a careful balance between narrative and atmosphere, the writer-director paints a vivid portrait of a light-filled summer when a little girl has to face the loss of her mother and integration into a new nuclear family. The film parcels out just enough information to satisfy attentive viewers, and though the main character is a moppet, it’s decidedly not a kids film. Finding the right audience may be difficult, but this delicate sleeper is worth the effort.” Variety