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Alba

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Alba

Directed by Ana Cristina Barragán

  • Ecuador, Mexico, Greece 2016; 98 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Drama
    • Lions Film Award - IFF Rotterdam
    • Best Film - International Women's FF Cologne
    • FIPRESCI Award, le Rail d'Oc: Prix des Cheminots, Audience Award - Cinélatino
    • Best First Film, Signis Award - Lima FF
    • Special Mention (Horizontes Award) - San Sebastián IFF
    • Special Jury Mention (Achievement in Ensemble) - Mumbai FF
    • Ecuadorian submission for the Academy Awards

  • From the director of LA PIEL PULPO presented at CineMart

Synopsis

Alba is eleven years old and terribly shy. She has great difficulty standing up for herself among the precocious girls in her class, who talk like little adults about relationships but keep making fun of Alba with the cruelty of children. The fact that she wears a plastic corset to straighten her crooked spine and gets nosebleeds at inconvenient moments doesn’t help. And then she is occasionally dumped off with her eccentric father Igor, who she never knew and of whom she is very ashamed. Very slowly and cautiously, the father and daughter get to know each other. Alba is a coming-of-age film that is both heart-rending and sentimental. It’s striking that such a mature and powerful debut comes from Ecuador, the country that until the beginning of this century had only made one film a year. Young leading actress Macarena Arias is one to keep an eye on. She manages to use a minimum of dialogue to devastating effect.

Production

  • CALEIDOSCOPIO CINE

    Isabella Parra