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Verano 1993

(Summer 1993) (Estiu 1993)

PART OF THE SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2018, PRESENTED BY THE EMBASSY OF SPAIN!

Unfolding during a sun-dappled summer in the Catalonian countryside, this autobiographical debut balances delicately on the aftermath of tragedy. At the centre of every scene is 6-year-old Frida, whose mother’s death has caused her to be transplanted from a Barcelona apartment to the rural home of her young uncle and his wife.

Poster for the coming-of-age drama Summer 1993 (Verano 1993)As Frida struggles to adjust, the movie evokes her emotional fragility with a series of low-key yet vivid vignettes. Filmed in the locations where the director Carla Simó lived at that age, Summer 1993 is movingly understated and beautifully acted. The cinematographer, Santiago Racaj, frequently crouches down to toddler height; through his lens, we see an entirely new family being born.

– Jeannette Catsoulitis, New York Times


Part of the 2018 Spanish Film Festival, playing four Wednesdays in October.
For details of all four films in the series, download this pdf.

 

 

 

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