Summer 1993


Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 8:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva el Cine
Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:96 min.
Director:Carla Simon
Producer:Valérie Felpierre
Screenwriter:Carla Simón
Cinematographer:Santiago Racaj
Editor:Dida Palou
Ana Pfaff
Cast:Laia Artigas
Paula Robles
Bruna Cusí
David Verdaguer
Fermí Reixach
Montse Sanz
Print Source:Oscilloscope
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


In Carla Simón's evocative, sun-brushed autobiographical drama, six-year-old Frida struggles to come to terms with her new living environment after her parents’s death from AIDS. Used to the city life and tumult of Barcelona, she is brought by her uncle Esteve to live with his wife Marga and their younger daughter Anna in the countryside. While she adjusts fairly peaceably to the hot and desultory summer days, she is frequently petulant with her new guardians and sometimes acts out dangerously in the games she plays with Anna. Simón's sublimely crafted scenario carefully delineates Frida's emotional turbulence as the youngster tries to find the right words and questions to help process her grief and understand her new circumstances, and Laia Artigas, with her mop of hair and soul-deep eyes, is unforgettable in the role. Replete with similarly true and heartfelt performances, Summer 1993 (winner of the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin Film Festival) builds to a heartbreakingly perfect close.

Additional Information

Carla Simon currently lives in Barcelona, where she is collaborating with “Cinema en Curs.” She has directed TV series and programs for TV Catalan. She studied at the University of California, the Audiovisual Communication Department of Universitat Auto`noma of Barcelona, and the London Film School on the prestigious scholarship of Obra Social “la Caixa,” where she wrote and directed the documentary Born Positive and the fiction film Lipstick, both of which were selected for numerous international film festivals. In 2013, Simon created Young For Film!, an association which teaches cinema to children and teenagers. Summer 1993 is her feature film debut.