ESTIU 1993 / VERANO 1993

Directed by Carla Simón
Spain | 2017 | 94 min | drama Catalan

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.

Spain’s Oscar submission 2018

Cast & Crew

Director: Carla Simón
Screenplay: Carla Simón
Cinematography: Santiago Racaj
Editing: Didac Palou, Ana Pfaff
Cast: Laia Artigas (Frida), Paula Robles (Anna), Bruna Cusí (Marga), David Verdaguer (Esteve), Fermi Reixacha (Avi)
Producers: Valérie Delpierre (Inicia Films), Stefan Schmitz (Avalon P.C.), Maria Zamora (Avalon P.C.)

  • Carla Simón
    Carla Simón

Festivals & Awards
Berlinale – Best First Feature, Grand Prix Generation Kplus
Istanbul International Film Festival – Special Jury Award
Ecrans Junior Cannes – Coup de Coeur des étudiants, Best Film
Mumbai Film Festival – International Competititon Golden Gateway Award
Bafici – Best director, SIGNIS, Audience Award
BFI London – Special Mention
Odessa Film Festival – Best Film
Malaga FF – Biznaga de Oro – Best Spanish Film, SIGNIS, Premio Fundacion SGAE Dunia Ayaso, Premiro ASECAN for First Feature, Feroz Puerta Oscura for Best Film in official selection

press quotes

Finding the right audience may be difficult, but this delicate sleeper is worth the effort.

A thoughtful and moving family portrait.
The Hollywood Reporter

Simon’s debut is both tender and determined as it relates a tale of a young orphan trying to fit in with a new family.
Screen International

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

Carla Simón

Carla Simón (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”.

2016 Summer 1993, feature
2013 Lipstick, short
2012 Born Positive, short