Directed by Carla Simón
Spain, Narrative, 2017, 97 mins., in Catalan w/ English subtitles
Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
(director in attendance, program concludes no later than 11:00 a.m.)
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave.
Themes & Subjects: Adolescence, Family Relations, Coming of Age, AIDS, Autobiography
Synopsis: Simón’s evocative autobiographical film won the Best First Feature prize at the Berlin Film Festival and is this year’s Spanish Oscar submission. Following the death of her parents, six-year-old Frida is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt and uncle. Country life is a challenge: aside from the emotional upheaval, the nature that surrounds her is mysterious, if not dangerous. She also has a new little sister she must take care of, and must deal with feelings such as jealousy. But it is the circumstances of her parents’ passing that casts a shadow over how she is treated by the local community.
Resources for teachers:
Variety interview with director Carla Simón.
Director Carla Simón’s Wikipedia page (in Spanish).
Public Radio International segment on “The roots of Catalonia’s differences with the rest of Spain.”
1994 Public Health report “AIDS in Spain: lessons learned from a public health disaster.”