Rising star: Carla Simón, movie director

Carla Simón, director of  ‘Summer 1993’. Photo: Mariona Batllés

Young film director Carla Simón (Barcelona, 1986) was completely overwhelmed by the unanimous critical acclaim, the public’s enthusiastic reactions and the many festival prizes for Summer 1993 (original title: Estiu 1993), her first long motion picture.

Hailed as one of the big revelations of the year, she was praised for her great respect for emotions, the way she featured landscape as the central figure and her coaching of the actors to show just enough to become unforgettable. The movie is about the experiences of six-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas) who, after her mother’s death, is sent to her uncle’s family to live with them in the countryside, where she finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life.

Carla Simón directing Laia Artigas

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