Alba / Alba

A film by Ana Cristina Barragán

This film was screened as a part of the 2017 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF20)




Ecuador/Greece/Mexico, Coming of Age Drama, 2016
96 min, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Alba is an eleven-year-old who has learned how to deal with her mother’s illness, spending most of her time in silence playing by herself. When her mother has to be taken to the hospital and there is no one else to care for Alba, she moves in with her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was three years old. Her father, Igor, is a very lonely man, almost a hermit, who isolated himself in his old small house after separating from his family. Living with her father is almost unbearable for Alba because he reminds her of everything she feels insecure about: shame, her first kiss, visiting her mother in the hospital. Igor’s tender efforts to get close to her and her experience being bullied at school pave Alba’s journey to adolescence and to self-acceptance.

Regional Premiere

About the director

Ana Cristina BarragánAna Cristina Barragán’s first student film DESPIERTA garnered praise in Ecuador and abroad. DOMINGO VIOLETA, her second short, premiered at Locarno. During postproduction, ALBA, her first feature film, was presented at Cannes, and also won the Ibermedia award. ALBA premiered at Rotterdam in 2016, winning the Lions Award. The film continues to win awards on the festival circuit including the Fipresci. Ana Cristina is working on her second feature LA PIEL PULPO.



Producer: Isabella Parra, Ramiro Ruiz, Konstantina Stavrianou, Rena Vougioukalou
Production Companies: Caleidoscopio Cine, Leyenda, Graal Films
Screenwriter: Ana Cristina Barragán
Cinematographer: Simón Brauer
Editor: Yibrán Asuad, Juan Daniel Molero, José María Avilés
Sound Design: Alex Icaza
Cast: Macarena Arias, Pablo Aguirre, Amaia Merino

Print Source: ALBA Película,