A beautiful and personal film, impressively and sensitively crafted. Its director and screenwriter Carla Simón is an exciting emerging filmmaker to watch.
Undoubtedly the most critically acclaimed and internationally-awarded Spanish film of the year, the Festival is delighted to present encore screenings of the beautiful, unforgettable Summer 1993, due to overwhelming audience demand.
Following the death of her parents, six-year-old Frida is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt and uncle. Country life is a challenge: aside from the emotional upheaval, the nature that surrounds her is mysterious, if not dangerous. She also has a new little sister, of whom she must take care, and deal with new feelings such as jealousy. But it is the source of her parents’ passing that 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 Carla Simón’s deeply affecting autobiographical feature debut, depicting what may initially appear as a familiar story with empathy, authenticity and – ultimately - enormous emotional power.
Entirely deserving of its many awards and rave reviews from critics worldwide, Summer 1993 is a film to see, and see again.