"Estiu 1993,"  film screening – Friday, Sept. 21

The 2017 film by Carla Simón is part of the IV Hispanic Film Series Sept. 21 - Nov. 30

Friday, Sept. 21
IV Hispanic Film Series presents Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993)
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 5:30 p.m. 

CARLA SIMÓN / SPAIN / 2017 / 96 minutes, Catalan with English Subtitles

In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents to AIDS, six-year-old Frida is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt and uncle, her new legal guardians.

Country life is a challenge: aside from the emotional upheaval, the nature that surrounds her is mysterious, if not dangerous. At night, Frida prays for her mother, who she misses horribly, while during the day she attempts to find her place in this new life. She also has a new little sister to look after and who inspires new feelings such as jealousy. But it is the source of her parents’ passing that casts a shadow over how she is treated by the local community… Indeed, Frida’s life will never be the same.

Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars. Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel proves that even the most familiar stories can seem brand new when told with such empathy, authenticity, and beauty.

Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures /Latin American Studies/ Peace and Conflict Studies/ Sigma Delta Pi/ El Centro / Pragda / Spain-USA Foundation / Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.