In the summer of 1993, six-year-old Carla Simón was sent to live with her uncle and aunt after both of her parents died from Aids. With the help of brilliantly raw young actors and clear directorial strength already, Simón has bravely given her own story to the narrative of her feature fiction debut in Summer 1993. The blur of a hazy, hot summer in the Catalan countryside provides the backdrop, as Frida (Laia Artigas) adapts to life with a new family.
Honest childhood memories elevate this thoughtful coming-of-age story, told through the eyes of a girl ripe with tender innocence and a determination to capture childhood joys in defiance of of death. Simón’s films focuses on how her childhood looked, and the way that growing up feels when you’re being talked about, not to. Written, shot and released over three consecutive years, Summer 1993 is a passion project that keeps intact a sense of affection for its source, while reaching out to a world of people who have lost but have never stopped loving. I spoke to Simón about the film ahead of its UK release.