Spain, summer 1993. Following the death of her parents, six years old Frida faces the first summer with her new adoptive family in the Catalan province. Before the season is over, the girl has to learn to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter. 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.
Summer 1993 is a touching autobiographical film by writer-director Carla Simón that premiered at the 67th Berlinale Film Festival in the Generations competition category, where the focus on on films about and from the viewpoint of children and teenagers, the film received International Jury Grand Prix for Best Feature Film as well as winning the GWFF Best First Feature Prize. Since then the film has garnered numerous awards around the globe and critics have been praising it highly. Summer 1993 was Spain’s official submission as Best Foreign Feature Film for the 90th Oscar Academy Awards.
Premiers June 28th with Icelandic and English subtitles!
“Remarkable.” -Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
“Extraordinary and beautiful.” -Kyle Turner, The Village Voice
“True and captivating. A thoughtful and moving family portrait.” –Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
“Not since Boyhood has a film shown this much respect and understanding for what it’s like to be a child.” -Scott Marks, San Diego Reader
“A jewel. In its subtlety, richness and warmth it is entirely beguiling – complex and simple at the same time. It is also very moving.” -Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“A film that movingly looks at an orphaned six-year-old’s loneliness and confusion without the usual dip into sentimentality.” -Jay Weissberg, Variety
“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