Summer 1993 Summer 1993 Summer 1993 Summer 1993
  • Goya Award®

    Best First Time Director, Best Supporting Actor, Breakthrough Performance
  • Gaudi Awards

    Best Director, Best, Screenplay, Best Catalan Film, Best Editing
  • Academy Awards®

    Spain's submission for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Berlin Film Festival

    Best First Feature, Grand Prix Generation Kplus Int'l Jury
  • Málaga Spanish Film Festival

    Dunia Ayaso Award, Golden Biznaga for Best Spanish Film
  • Buenos Aires Int'l Festival of Independent Cinema

    Best Director
  • Istanbul International Film Festival

    Special Prize of the Jury
  • Odessa International Film Festival

    Golden Duke
  • Vienna International Film Festival

Related Films
MIGUELITO: A Song to Puerto RicoMIGUELITO: A Song to Puerto Rico(MIGUELITO: Canto a Borinquen)Sam ZubryckiIn 1973, the eleven-year-old Miguelito was discovered singing in San Juan airport by the legendary New York record producer Harvey Averne. Within a year, ...MonosMonosAlejandro Landes A crossroad between Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Flies, and Embrace of the Serpent, Alejandro Landes’s Monos tracks a young group of soldiers and ...EmaEmaPablo LarraínAdoptive parents Ema (Variety’s 10 Latinxs To Watch 2020’s Mariana Di Girolamo) and Gastón (Gael García Bernal) are artistic free spirits ...Neither Hero Nor TraitorNeither Hero Nor Traitor(Ni héroe ni traidor)Nicolás SavignoneBuenos Aires, 1982. Matías (19) has recently finished his military service and dreams of going to Spain to study music far from a dictatorship. His ...The Awakening of the AntsThe Awakening of the Ants(El despertar de las hormigas)Antonella Sudasassi Furniss For thoughtful, demure young housewife Isa, life in a lush, postcard-perfect Costa Rican seaside village is far from anyone’s idea of a dream. She ...The InfiltratorsThe InfiltratorsAlex Rivera, Cristina IbarraCristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera’s powerfully inventive docu-thriller — a prison escape drama in reverse — tells the incredible true story of ...Perro BombaPerro BombaJuan CáceresSteevens is a young Haitian immigrant living a challenging, but somewhat stable life in Santiago de Chile: he has a construction job, a home, ...Guie’dani’s NavelGuie’dani’s Navel(El Ombligo de Guie'dani (XQUIPI' GUIE'DANI))Xavi SalaIn a star-making performance, Sótera Cruz brings razor-sharp intensity to her portrayal of Guie’dani, a Zapotec girl determined to fight for her ...I GirlI Girl(Yo niña)Natural ArpajouBased on the director’s autobiographical experiences, I Girl tells the story of Armonía, a little girl who lives with Pablo and Julia, who seem to be ...Camila’s AwakeningCamila’s Awakening(El Despertar de Camila)Rosario Jiménez GiliWhat would you do with a second chance? At seventeen, Camila got too used to win. Smart and beautiful, she has managed to achieve every goal. She loves ...Perfect StrangersPerfect Strangers(Perfectos Desconocidos)Manolo CaroFrom Mexican director Manolo Caro (Netflix’s The House of Flowers) comes an electrifying comedy about a seemingly simple dinner party. When a group ...Ruben Blades is not my NameRuben Blades is not my Name(Yo no me llamo Ruben Blades)Abner BenaimACADEMY AWARD® PANAMA’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM. Latin American icon Ruben Blades, whose “thinking man’s ...Birds of PassageBirds of Passage(Pajaros de verano)Ciro Guerra, Cristina GallegoACADEMY AWARD® COLOMBIA’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, the creative team behind ...Urgent LoveUrgent Love(Amor Urgente)Diego LublinskyFresh and endearing, Urgent Love uses highly original photography and exceptional artwork to create the playful world where Agustina and Pedro fall in ...Everybody KnowsEverybody Knows(Todos lo saben)Asghar FarhadiPenélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Ricardo Darín star in the new psychological thriller from Academy Award®-winning  director Asghar Farhadi (A ...

Catalan with English Subtitles

With Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer, Fermi Reixach

Filmmaker may be available for a Q&A via Skype. Speaker fee: $300. Inquire at FILMCLUB@PRAGDA.COM.

SPAIN’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS ®

In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents to AIDS, six-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. At night, Frida prays for her mother, who she misses horribly, while during the day she attempts to find her place in this new life. She also has a new little sister to look after and who inspires new feelings such as jealousy. But it is the source of her parents’ passing that casts a shadow over how she is treated by the local community… Indeed, Frida’s life will never be the same.

Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars. Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel proves that even the most familiar stories can seem brand new when told with such empathy, authenticity, and beauty.

About the Director
Born in Barcelona, Spain in 1986, Carla Simón grew up in a Catalan village. She belongs to an extensive family which serves as an unending source of stories. She graduated in audiovisual communication at the Universitat Autònoma in Barcelona after spending a year studying at the University of California. She then studied at the London Film School and took a TV Fiction course organized by Catalan Television. Her short films have screened at numerous festivals. She participated in Berlinale Talents in 2015 where the screenplay for her debut feature film Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993) was selected for the Script Station.
Press

“Sensitive, understated… A delicate sleeper of a film.” – Jay Weissberg, VARIETY

“Childhood memoirs always are under threat from self-indulgence and sentimentality, but Summer 1993 successfully sidesteps both, establishing Simón as a talent to watch... A delicately crafted, moving filmic memoir. True and captivating.” – Jonathan Holland, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Authentic and memorable...with maturity, empathy and heartfelt emotion.” – Sarah Ward, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

“Simón's touching, tender autobiography falls in between the greats like The 400 Blows and Ponette, yet is completely unique and deeply personal.” – Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction

“Simón deserves all the plaudits for directing her young lead actress in a brilliantly naturalistic performance, which feels genuinely perceptive.” – Alistair Ryder, Film Inquiry

“It is not just a promising debut, but one of the most impressive Spanish films of the year.” – Jordi Costa, El Pais

Notes on Film

The film portrays my own story. As Frida, I lost my parents to AIDS when I was a child. As Frida, in Summer 1993 I started a new life.

Although my story sounds very dramatic, I didn’t experience the first summer with my new family only as a tragedy. I was a child and as a child I kept playing, laughing and having good moments even if I missed my mum. For me it was very important to make a luminous film that could contain sadness and hope at the same time, and that’s why avoiding sentimentality was very important.

Also, I love subtlety. I believe the audience is intelligent enough to understand complex emotions with very little. Life doesn’t give us much information about our relationships; we have to read them through gestures and few words, and I like playing this game with the audience, making them slowly guess how the characters feel.

It was complicated to find the right distance between my memories and the film we were making. I had to give up some of the images I had in my mind in order to keep the naturalistic tone I was looking for. I realized that if I tried to arrange all the elements of the film exactly as I imagined I would have missed what I had in front of the camera, and the film was now in front of the camera, not in my memory anymore.

Carla Simón