Summer 1993
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    Summer 1993

    Estiu 1993

    Directed by

    Spain

    2019

    96 min

    • Catalan

    Drama

    A six year old girl faces the first summer with her new adoptive family. An early coming of age drama about a girl who learns to fit in a new rural world while coping with the loss of her mother.

    Awards

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    • Best First Feature Award, Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury - Berlin IFF
    • Biznaga de Oro (Spanish Film) - Málaga FF
    • International Golden Tulip Special Jury Prize - Istanbul FF
    • Best Director, SIGNIS Award - BAFICI
    • Best International Feature - Odessa IFF
    • Spanish submission for the Academy Awards
    • Special Mention - BFI London IFF
    • Best Film (International Competition) - Mumbai IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Laia Artigas
    Paula Robles
    Bruna Cusí
    David Verdaguer
    Fermi Reixach
    Screenplay
    Carla Simón
    Cinematography
    Santiago Racaj
    Editing
    Didac Palou
    Ana Pfaff
    Music
    Ernest Pipo
    Pau Boïgues
    Sales
    NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
    Production
    INICIA FILMS
    Production
    AVALON P.C.

    Press

    A thoughtful and moving family portrait.

    Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

    An intimate, autobiographical study of how hard it can be to fit in.

    Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa

    Authentic and memorable...tender and determined.

    Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

    Carla Simón

    Carla Simón

    Spain

    Cinema makes me value every moment of life with intensity, it makes me observe all those details that this wonderful yet painful world can offer us.

    Carla Simón (1986) was raised in a small Catalan village. In 2011 she was awarded with a scholarship and moved to the United Kingdom to study at the London Film School, where she earned an MA. Her autobiographical debut feature SUMMER 1993 won the GWFF Best First Feature Award and the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus at Berlinale 2017, among many other prizes all over the world. Carla also received the “Women in Motion” Young Talent Award in Cannes 2018. Alcarràs is her second feature in development, also taking part in the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence and Nipkow Programm.

    Carla Simón was born in 1986, in a small Catalan village, part of an extensive family that is a bottomless pit of stories, relationships, feelings and entanglements. Watching and listening to all these stories is how she decided to make films. Carla graduated in Audiovisual Communication at the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona, after a year at the University of California. Awarded with a scholarship of “La Caixa”, she moved to the UK to study at the London Film School. SUMMER 1993 (2017) is Carla’s autobiographical debut. It tells the story of Frida, a six-years-old girl who just lost her mother and has to move in with her new family. It premiered at the 2017 Berlinale, where it received the Best First Film Award and the Generation Kplus Grand Prix. The film has collected more than 30 prizes all over the world. It was selected to represent Spain for the Oscars Academy Awards, it was nominated for the Discovery European Film Award and it won 3 Goyas. Carla also received the Women in Motion emerging talent prize in Cannes in 2018. ALCARRAS is her second feature, which took part in the Cannes Residency, Nipkow Program and the Torino Film Lab, where it won the CNC Award. It also participated at Berlinale Co-Production Market, where it got the Eurimages Development Award. It was in pre-production before the COVID-19 crisis. While waiting for the right time to shoot, Carla started developing Romería. Besides and while teaching film to youngsters, Carla shot the HIV campaign If Then Else and the short CORRESPONDANCE (2020), co-directed with Dominga Sotomayor, which had its world premiere at the 2020 Visions du Réel. It was screened at the 2020 New York Film Festival, 2020 San Sebastián International Film Festival and it received the Best Short Award at the 2020 Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

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