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Bereavement is seen through the eyes of a six year-old girl in this assured, visually arresting debut from Catalan filmmaker Carla Simon. A delicate and dreamlike autobiographical drama, it’s won numerous awards including Best First Feature at the Berlinale and Best New Director at Spain’s Goya Awards.
Following the death of her parents, six-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas) leaves Barcelona and her grandparents for the countryside where she will now live with her uncle (David Verdaguer) and aunt (Bruna Cusi). Exploring the unfamiliar rural world, she gradually gets to know her new ‘parents’ and their young daughter Anna (Paula Robles), but – still burdened by the vast trauma of her loss, which as a young child she had no idea how to process – she struggles to settle into the new family dynamic.
Beautifully crafted, Summer 1993 establishes an evocative sense of place and time, and that the film draws on Simon’s personal recollections can be sense in every convincingly imagined frame. But it’s nonetheless completely clear-eyed and unsentimental, aided by a really extraordinary performance from Laia Artigas as the confused young Frida, her eyes full of inchoate emotion. A lyrical, distinctive and really impressive debut.