Carla Simón to make her feature debut with Verano 1993
by Alfonso Rivera
- The filmmaker is tackling a very personal story about a girl who is forced to adapt to a new family situation; the shoot begins on 4 July
Following the death of her mother, six-year-old Frida has to face her first summer with her adoptive family. During those first few months together in the countryside, they will gradually start to find out more about each other: the parents must learn to love her like a daughter, and she seemingly accepts the situation, as she starts to call them Mum and Dad. However, the little girl finds it harder to accept her new sister, despite the fact that she loves her right from the get-go. Frida’s conflicting emotions mean that all four of them will have to mould their relationship and create a true household. Verano 1993 (lit. “Summer 1993”), written and directed by Carla Simón, who is taking her baby steps in the world of features, begins its shoot on Monday 4 July, and filming will continue for six weeks in La Garrotxa (Girona).
With a cast including such names as David Verdaguer (Long Distance [+see also:
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“Right from the start, we were clear about the fact that this movie falls into the same category as other projects that are able to enjoy great prestige at festivals; that’s why we’ve taken great care over it and taken it to rendezvous of major importance on the international stage over the last couple of years: Berlinale Talents (in the Script Station in 2015) and the Co-Production Market in 2016, the Workshops meeting at Premiers Plans in Angers, the Ekran programme in Poland, we won the Award for Best Project at the Holland Film Meeting, and we have just presented it to the CNC’s World Cinema Support, thanks to our French co-producer, Les Contes Modernes,” remarks María Zamora, executive producer at Avalon PC.
(Translated from Spanish)