Estiu 1993



In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, six-year-old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida – time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. She now has a little sister whom she has to take care of and has to deal with new feelings, such as jealousy. Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems. Yet, the family does what it can to achieve a fragile new balance and bring normality to their life. Occasional family outings to a local fiesta or a swimming pool, cooking or listening to jazz in the garden brings them moments of happiness. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment. Before the season is over, she has to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.

Director's Biography

Carla Simón (born in 1986) studied at the University of California and the Audiovisual Communication Department of Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona. After that she directed TV series and programmes for TV Catalan. After being awarded the prestigious scholarship of Obra Social “la Caixa”, Carla moved to the UK to study at the London Film School, where she wrote and directed the documentary BORN POSITIVE and the fiction LIPSTICK, both short films selected in numerous international film festivals. SUMMER 1993 is her feature film debut produced by Inicia Films and co-produced by Avalon. The project was developed at Berlinale Script Station, Ekran program in Poland, Sources 2 in Barcelona and won the SGAE screenwriting fund. It was also presented at the Low Budget Film Forum in Les Arcs, Premiers Plans Atelier, Berlinale Co-Production Market and won the first prize in Holland Film Meetings in 2015. The film also received the MEDIA Development funding and the ICAA fund for production. In 2013 Carla created Young For Film!, an association which taught cinema to children and teenagers. Since moving back to Barcelona, she has been collaborating with “Cinema en Curs”.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Carla Simón

Written by: Carla Simón

Produced by: Valérie Delpierre, Stefan Schmitz, María Zamora

Cinematography: Santiago Racaj

Editing: Didac Palou, Ana Pfaff

Production Design: Mireia Graell

Costume Design: Anna Aguilà

Make-Up & Hair: Marta Arce, Piluca Guillem

Original Score: Ernest Pipo, Pau Boïgues

Sound Design: Roger Blasco

Cast: Laia Artigas (Frida), Paula Robles (Anna), Bruna Cusí (Marga), David Verdaguer (Esteve)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2017
  • Feature Film Selection 2017