VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Estiu 1993

V' 17

Estiu 1993

Sommer 1993

Carla Simón
E, 2017
Fiction, 96min, OmdU

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Estiu 1993

Carla Simón
E, 2017
Fiction, 96min, OmdU

Cast: 
Laia Artigas
Frida
Paula Robles
Anna
Bruna Cusí
Marga
David Verdaguer
Esteve
Fermi Reixach
Abuelo
Screenplay: 
Carla Simón
Sound: 
Roger Blasco
Camera: 
Santiago Racaj
Editor: 
Didac Palou
Ana Pfaff
Composer: 
Ernest Pipo
Pau Boïgues
Decoration: 
Mireia Graell
Costume: 
Ana Aguila

Production: 
Inicia Films
World Sales: 
New Europe Film Sales
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color

In SUMMER 1993 Carla Simón has granted us access to a decisive moment in her own life. In a difficult, painful and unique episode that would change her life forever, at just six years old she found herself orphaned and struggling to find her place in an adoptive family. The film explores this time with great sensitivity, and is peppered with details that send us right back to childhood, with all of its anxieties and unexpected twists: a time in our lives that is never all happiness, laughter and fun.
Simón, blessed with an unparalleled gift for seeing things from a child’s point of view, brings the camera down to Frida’s level, and through her eyes we come to understand her distress. It’s done very subtly, through silences, brief anecdotes, evasive glances, the odd furtive embrace and re-enactments of childish misdeeds which, fuelled by misunderstanding, could have damaging consequences for others.
Simón’s first feature is an intimate, autobiographical study of how hard it can be to fit in; portraying a child’s experience of learning to live with grief and the hard reality. SUMMER 1993 also touches in passing on another issue, although never by name: AIDS, which at the beginning of the 1990’s was still a pervasive and unmentionable fear — the director’s parents both succumbed to this pandemic. (Alfonso Rivera)