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Summer 1993

Carla Simón
Estiu 1993
Spain 2017 / 97’
Strange Birds The Future Perfect

The summer of 1993 is a time of difficult changes. Six-year-old Frida has to go live with her uncle and his family in the Spanish provinces-and this is not just a holiday trip. She has lost both her parents-her mother having died recently following a long illness-and she has to learn to live with new guardians. Carli Simón's first full-length feature film is based partly on her own childhood experiences. Avoiding sentimentalism, the Catalan director paints a complex emotional portrait of a child who is confronted with a wave of contradictory feelings: anger, jealousy, and a growing sense of attachment. With sensibility, she shows the process of experiencing loss, concentrating not on dramatic events, but rather on observations of the seemingly mundane aspects of everyday life. She is helped in this by the charismatic and mature Laia Artigas in the main role. This moving film about the bitter taste of childhood in the shadow of the AIDS epidemic has been warmly received at festivals all around the world. In Berlin, it took home the award for the best debut.

Mariusz Mikliński

Carla Simón

Born in 1986, Carla Simón is a Catalan director and screenwriter. She studied Audiovisual Communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She then started studying at the London Film School, where she made two short films, Born Positive and Lipstick, which have been screened at several international festivals. Summer 1993 is her first feature film.


2009 Women (kr. m)

2010 Lovers (kr. m)

2012 Born Positive (dok., kr. m.)

2013 Lipstic (kr. m)

2015 Las pequeñas cosas (kr. m.)

2016 Llacunes (kr. m.)

2017 Lato 1993 / Estiu 1993 / Summer 1993

Cast & Crew

director Carla Simón
screenplay Carla Simón
cinematography Santiago Racaj
editing Aina Calleja, Didac Palou
cast Laia Artigas, Paula Blanco, Etna Campillo, Bruna Cusí, Jordi Figueras
producer Valérie Delpierre, María Zamora
production Avalon Producciones, Inicia Films
Polish distributor Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language Spanish
colouration colour