Summer 1993

Estiu 1993


Monday, Nov. 6 at 12:05pm
Friday, Nov. 10 at 2:25pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel — named Best First Feature at the 2017 Berlinale — is an evocative and affecting depiction of childhood that marks the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema. In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, 6-year-old Frida is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt and uncle, her new legal guardians. Country life is a challenge: Aside from the emotional upheaval, the nature that surrounds her is mysterious, if not dangerous. Frida also has a new little sister — younger cousin Anna — requiring her to wrestle with feelings of jealousy. “The exchanges between Frida and Anna, which have the spontaneity and freshness of fly-on-the-wall and which are evidence of Simon’s skill at directing actors, are especially watchable,” says the Hollywood Reporter. “Laia Artigas — playing Frida in a tight-lipped manner that suggests there’s a world of emotion inside her waiting to explode — and Paula Robles are a little sister act that stirs memories of Ana Torrent and Isabel Tellería in Victor Erice’s masterpiece ‘The Spirit of the Beehive.’”

97 min.

Directed by

Carla Simón

Film Category

International Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight