Summer 1993 (2018) Palace Films
Summer 1993 (2018) Palace Films
Summer 1993 (2018) Palace Films

ACMI presents

Summer 1993

Estiu 1993

Carla Simón | Spain | 2018 | PG

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Carla Simón’s stunning film debut is an evocation of childhood with the emotional force of Victor Erice’s Secret of the Beehive and Truffaut’s Au revoir les enfants.

A jewel. Masterly. One of the year’s best films. 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

In the wake of her mother’s death, six-year-old Frida leaves Barcelona to live in the Catalan provinces with her aunt Marga, uncle Esteve and younger cousin, Anna. Her loving extended family, new home in the country and summer holidays seem to offer a much-needed salve, but Frida’s complicated grief runs deep.

Curator's note

Drawn from biographical elements in her own life, Catalan director Carla Simón’s stunning narrative first feature is also a masterclass in directing children. The performances Simón elicits from her emotionally astute cast, but most impressively from young Laia Artigas, as Frida, and Paula Robles, who plays Frida’s darling, trusting younger cousin, is an object lesson in eliciting naturalistic performances from young actors.

One of 2018’s most awarded and acclaimed films, the film received multiple awards on the festival circuit, including Best First Feature at the Berlin Film Festival, where it premiered, and represented Spain in the (then) Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards.

– Roberta Ciabarra; Curator, Film

Format: DCP
Language: In Catalan with English Subtitles
Source: Palace Films
Courtesy: Palace Films
Runtime: 98 min

Event duration

95 mins



Mild themes and occasional coarse language


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