August Keller


Summer 1993 is a crystal clear trip through a young life in tumultuous transition. Masterfully presented with genuine modesty, this film strikes the core of its audiences’ hearts & feels like a beautiful compilation of home movies. Because Summer 1993 progresses so quietly and carefully, it evokes wave after wave of vivid nostalgia. Silent soundtracks & unsteady shot framing are often seen as underwhelming options yet brilliantly serve a greater purpose here. Meanwhile, the highest of praise must be given to the writing, casting & acting of Summer 1993. Together, these attributes of the film bring all the characters and moments authentically alive.

Anchored by the young Laia Artigas but expertly supported by Bruna Cusi, David Verdaguer & Paula Robles, Summer 1993 is rich with family growth. Emotional connection cannot be denied as this story develops so naturally, viewers will fall right in. Simultaneously, the shrewd framing of each shot gently molds our journey towards its cathartic finale. Displayed with exquisite humility and built on robust sentiments, Summer 1993 is an emphatic accomplishment.

Writing: 10/10
Direction: 8/10
Cinematography: 8/10
Acting: 10/10
Editing: 9/10
Sound: 8/10
Score/Soundtrack: 7/10
Production Design: 7/10
Casting: 10/10
Effects: 7/10

Overall Score: 8.4/10