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by Ana Cristina Barragán


Alba, 11 years old, passes her days in silence. She loves little animals. She has learned to cope with her mother’s illness, helping her to use the bathroom. Alba plays silently so that her mother can rest during the day. One night Alba’s mother gets worse, and has to be taken to the hospital. With no one else to take care of her, Alba is sent to live with her father, who she hasn’t seen since she was three years old. Living with her father is almost unbearable. Embarrassment, her first kiss, visits to mother in the hospital, Edgar`s tender efforts to get close to her, and bullying at school; these are some of the experiences that pave Alba`s journey to puberty and to self-acceptance.

international title: Alba
original title: Alba
country: Ecuador, Mexico, Greece
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Ana Cristina Barragán
film run: 98'
screenplay: Ana Cristina Barragán
cast: Macarena Arias, Pablo Aguirre, Amaia Merino, Isabel Borje, María Pareja, Mara Appel, Maisa Herrera
cinematography by: Simón Brauer
film editing: Yibrán Asuad, Ana Cristina Barragán, Juan Daniel Molero, José María Avilés
art director: Oscar Tello
producer: Konstantina Stavrianou, Ramiro Ruiz, Isabella Parra
production: Graal S.A., Caleidoscopio Cine (EC), Leyenda Films (MX)


main awards/selection

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016 

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