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    Ecuador, Mexico, Greece


    98 min

    • Spanish


    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.


    • 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


    Labels & Line Ups


    Macarena Arias
    Pablo Aguirre
    Amaia Merino
    Isabel Borje
    María Pareja
    Mara Appel
    Maisa Herrera
    Ana Cristina Barragán
    Simon Brauer
    José María Avilés
    Ana Cristina Barragán


    ALBA makes the Ecuadorian cinema shine.

    Andrés Rodríguez, El País

    A quiet little heartbreaker.

    Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

    Ana Cristina  Barragán

    Ana Cristina Barragán


    I like films that leave a scent behind, a particular and long lasting taste. Films where details are important.

    Ana Cristina Barragán (Ecuador 1987) is a script writer and director. ALBA, her first feature film, was released in IFF Rotterdam 2016, received a Special Mention at the San Sebastián IFF 2016 (Horizontes Latinos) and has been screened in over 30 international festivals and won 17 international awards. Ana has directed three short films exploring pre adolescence: AWAKE, NAPE and VIOLET SUNDAY, which was released in the official competition at the FF Locarno. Her feature project OCTOPUS SKIN, which got a development support from Hubert Bals Fund, is part of Cinemart 2017.

    Selected Filmography