An outstanding debut feature charts the emotional journey of a six-year old girl in the aftermath of her mother’s death in early 1990s Spain. Frida (an extraordinary performance from Laia Artigas) is dealing with a grief she cannot process when she is packed off from her Barcelona home to live with her uncle’s family in rural Catalonia. Good intentions don’t always produce the desired result as Frida struggles to settle into a new family dynamic.
Spain has produced some of cinema’s most resonant child protagonists and there is something of the spirit of Carlos Saura's Cría Cuervos Carla Simón's beautifully crafted film. Summer 1993 is a distinctive film realised with heartfelt sensitivity and a keen sense of visual poetry.