Films

Summer 1993

Summer 1993, "Estiu 1993"

Synopsis

Director

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. Catalan director Carla 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.

Death, life and the tumult of those placed between the two extremes are Frida’s daily concern — or, they would be if she was any older or more experienced in anything other than being a child. The wise-beyond-her-years Frida knows that she wants something other than a struggling existence in the shadow of grief, largely pretending that all is well at her new home with her uncle Esteve (David Verdaguer), aunt Marga (Bruna Cusi) and toddler cousin Anna (Paula Robles), while letting her true feelings seep out when she’s alone. While her extreme youth isn’t a cure for an identity-redefining loss, it does help Frida tackle her situation with a practical and resilient outlook.

That perception — peering at everything in sight with a clear but questioning gaze that constantly holds the viewer’s attention — gives "Summer 1993" its strength. Understanding and depicting the result when the innocent are forced to face life’s difficulties helps the film become more than just a period-set rites of passage. All of those aspects may remain present, but it’s how they’re expressed, rather than the plot mechanics they’re couched in, that matters and proves so memorable here.

 

Sarah Ward, Screen International

Carla Simon Pipó

(b. 1986) grew up in a Catalan village. She graduated in audiovisual communication at the Universitat Autònoma in Barcelona after spending a year studying at the University of California. She then studied on a TV Fiction course organised by Catalan Television and subsequently at the London Film School. Her short films have screened at numerous festivals. She participated in Berlinale Talents in 2015 where the screenplay for her debut feature film "Summer 1993" was selected for the Script Station.

Filmography

  • Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993, 2017)

Schedule

19.11.2017
16:30 - 18:06
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 031102
Sold out
25.11.2017
21:45 - 23:21
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 090505
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30.11.2017
17:00 - 18:36
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 141701
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

JF Child Rights Programme
Screen International Critics' Choice

Film info

Country: Spain
Year: 2017
Duration: 96 minutes
Language: Catalan
Director: Carla Simon Pipó
Producers: Valérie Delpierre, Maria Zamora
Writer: Carla Simon Pipó
DOP: Santiago Racaj
Montage: Didac Palou, Ana Pfaff
Composers: Ernest Pipo, Pau Boigues
Cast: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer, Fermí Reixach
Productions: Inicia Films, Avalon
Festivals: Berlinale (Best First Feature Award Prize), Istanbul (Special Prize of the Jury), Jerusalem, Sarajevo, Buenos Aires (Best Director)

Synopsis

Director

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. Catalan director Carla 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.

Death, life and the tumult of those placed between the two extremes are Frida’s daily concern — or, they would be if she was any older or more experienced in anything other than being a child. The wise-beyond-her-years Frida knows that she wants something other than a struggling existence in the shadow of grief, largely pretending that all is well at her new home with her uncle Esteve (David Verdaguer), aunt Marga (Bruna Cusi) and toddler cousin Anna (Paula Robles), while letting her true feelings seep out when she’s alone. While her extreme youth isn’t a cure for an identity-redefining loss, it does help Frida tackle her situation with a practical and resilient outlook.

That perception — peering at everything in sight with a clear but questioning gaze that constantly holds the viewer’s attention — gives "Summer 1993" its strength. Understanding and depicting the result when the innocent are forced to face life’s difficulties helps the film become more than just a period-set rites of passage. All of those aspects may remain present, but it’s how they’re expressed, rather than the plot mechanics they’re couched in, that matters and proves so memorable here.

 

Sarah Ward, Screen International

Carla Simon Pipó

(b. 1986) grew up in a Catalan village. She graduated in audiovisual communication at the Universitat Autònoma in Barcelona after spending a year studying at the University of California. She then studied on a TV Fiction course organised by Catalan Television and subsequently at the London Film School. Her short films have screened at numerous festivals. She participated in Berlinale Talents in 2015 where the screenplay for her debut feature film "Summer 1993" was selected for the Script Station.

Filmography

  • Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993, 2017)