Directed by Ana Cristina Barragán
Alba is an 11 year-old girl that spends her days in silence. She has learned to cope with her mother’s illness- playing quietly so that her mother can rest during the day. One night Alba’s mother worsens, and has to be taken to the hospital. Alba is sent to live with Edgar, her father, who she hasn’t seen since she was three years old. Living with her father is difficult as is bullying at school. Embarrassment, her first kiss, Edgar`s tender efforts to get close to her, are some of the experiences that pave Alba`s journey to puberty and self-acceptance. Winner of FIPRESCI award and Golden Lion at Rotterdam FF.
Alba tiene once años. Pasa la mayor parte de su tiempo en silencio y le gustan los animales diminutos. Una tarde, su madre es internada en el hospital y Alba debe mudarse con Igor, un padre a quien casi no conoce. Los intentos de Igor por acercarse a ella, las primeras amigas, el primer beso, las visitas a la madre en el hospital, son estímulos que marcan el camino de Alba hacia la entrada a la adolescencia y a la aceptación de su familia.
Ana Cristina Barragan went to film school at the San Francisco University of Quito. At the beginning of her career she wrote and directed three short films. ‘Wake Up’ , her first university work, won three prizes for Best Ecuadorian Short Film in the most important festivals of the country and traveled to more than 10 countries. Domingo Violeta, her second short, premiered in competition at the Locarno Film Festival. Her first feature film was selected among the five best Latin American films to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Once finished, Alba premiered at the official selection of the 2016 Rotterdam Film Festival, where she won the Golden Lion Award. Since then, the film has appeared in four international festivals, obtaining in all the first prize, among them the FIPRESCI (prize of the French critic). During 2017, ALBA will be in more than 30 festivals around the world. Ana Cristina is currently writing her second film: La Piel Pulpo.
Writer: Ana Cristina Barragán
Producer: Isabella Parra
Cinematographer: Simón Brauer
Cast: Macarena Arias, Pablo Aguirre Andrade, Amaia Merino