Summer 19932nd August, 2018
The breakout critical discovery of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, where it was named Best First Feature, Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel is one of the most evocative and affecting depictions of childhood seen in years, and marks the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema.
In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, six-year old Frida (Laia Artigas) is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt (Bruna Cusí) and uncle (David Verdaguer), her new legal guardians. Country life is a challenge: aside from the emotional upheaval, the nature that surrounds her is mysterious, if not dangerous. The couple’s own daughter Anna (Paula Robles), even younger than Frida, welcomes her new sister with open arms and without a flicker of jealousy, but Frida has a hard time coping with her emotions. Even as the new family begins to find a fragile balance, the source of her parents’ passing casts a shadow over how Frida is treated by the local community… Indeed, her life will never be the same.
To reveal more would only spoil the pleasures generated by this very special film experience, which proves that even the most familiar stories can seem brand new when told with such empathy, authenticity and beauty.
OFFICIAL SELECTION (SPAIN) – 2018 ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR, SUPP. ACTOR, BREAKTHROUGH ACTRESS – 2018 SPANISH ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – BEST FIRST FILM – 2018 PLATINO AWARDS
WINNER – BEST FILM – 2017 MALAGA FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FIRST FILM – 2017 BERLIN INTL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FIRST FILM, SPECIAL MENTION – 2017 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 LUX FILM PRIZE
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS
“A jewel. Masterly. One of the year’s best films. In its subtlety, richness and warmth it is entirely beguiling – complex and simple at the same time. It has some of the most miraculous child performances I can remember seeing… There is something awe-inspiring in realising that, to all intents and purposes, what we are seeing is real. What a lovely film this is.“ Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN
Outstanding. A gem. It’s a profoundly humanistic film, bringing home powerfully the sheer achievement of parenthood, as well as how the surrounding society comes through to show its implicit tolerance. Simón’s achievement in drawing these performances from her young cast, Artigas in particular, can hardly be praised too highly. Very special.” Tom Birchenough, THE ARTS DESK