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Directed by: Carla Simón | Cast: Laia Artigas, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer
2017 | Spain | 97 mins. | Spanish, English subt. | Drama
Winner of the Best First Feature Award in Berlin, Spanish writer-director Carla Simón’s autobiographical coming-of-age tale is delicate, transporting and —in its own confident, unassuming way— profoundly moving.
Sublimely embodied by little Laia Artigas —whose arresting presence at times recalls the young Ana Torent— six-year-old Frida is sent from Barcelona to her aunt and uncle’s home in the Catalan countryside. Frida has lost both her parents, and although her new family is welcoming, her new surroundings overturn her inchoate understanding of the world.
“Authentic and memorable (...) The feature that results is as loving in appearance as it is in handling even the most painful of emotions and is finely, patiently timed throughout.”
“It thus delivers few dramatic surprises, but its real skill is in delivering these effects in such a true and captivating manner.”
“A delicate sleeper of a film that movingly looks at an orphaned six-year-old's loneliness and confusion without the usual dip into sentimentality. (...) Striking a careful balance between narrative and atmosphere.”
“'Summer 1993' is movingly understated and beautifully acted. The colors are muted and the style is naturalistic.”
Festival & Awards Winner: Goya Awards for Best New Director, Supp. Actor & New Actress, Best New Film, Grand Jury Prize at Berlinale 2017.
Nominated for Best First Film at European Film Awards, Best Film at Málaga Film Festival 2017, Best Director at BAFICI 2017, Best First Work at Platino Awards 2018.