2017 (Not Rated) 96 min. Spain/subtitles (In Catalan)
Director: Carla Simón
Cast: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusi
A discussion will follow the film in the Stocker Cinema Hall.
In Carla Simón’s touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna welcome her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama, set amongst summery hues, is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars. The impact of the film is not solely in the emotional struggles of this new family. It also resides in the extraordinary grace and beauty with which this film slowly spins its web around your heart. Before you know it has happened, you will be walking beside Frida as she reassembles her life, as only a child can, during that tumultuous SUMMER 1993.
Summer 1993 was named one of The 10 Best Movies Of The Year…So Far in the June 15, 2018 issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Striking a graceful 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.” – Jay Weissberg, VARIETY
“Childhood memoirs always are under threat from self-indulgence and sentimentality, but SUMMER 1993 successfully sidesteps both, establishing director Simón as a talent to watch.” – Jonathan Holland, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“A delicately crafted, moving filmic memoir. True and captivating.” – Jonathan Holland, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“It might be with a child’s eyes that SUMMER 1993 relates the efforts of a six-year-old trying to cope with grief, but it is with maturity, empathy and heartfelt emotion that it conveys the uncertain reality that follows.” – Sarah Ward, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL