10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Alba (2016 Feature Film)

Ana Cristina Barragán | Ecuador, Mexico, Greece | 2016 | 98 min | Spanish | e.s.

One of the best moments of the new year, this moving debut from Ecuador. Alba, phenomenally acted by Macarena Arias, is a shy girl aged eleven who goes to live with her solitary father when her mother has to go to hospital. As if the fuss at school and approaching puberty weren't complicated enough.

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 gets nosebleeds at inconvenient moments doesn’t help. To make matters worse, when her ailing mother is hospitalised she is dumped 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 unsentimental. 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.

Place: CINEMA 6

Date: 7 April 2016

Time: 16:15

Duration: 1:45

Place: CINEMA 6

Date: 8 April 2016

Time: 22:00

Duration: 1:45

Place: CINEMA 6

Date: 9 April 2016

Time: 13:30

Duration: 1:45

Year in



Ana Cristina Barragán


Simón Brauer


Macarena Arias
Pablo Aguirre
Amaia Merino
Isabel Borje
María Pareja
Mara Appel
Maisa Herrera




Yibran Asuad
Juan Daniel Molero
Ana Cristina Barragán
José María Avilés




98 min


Isabella Parra
Ramiro Ruiz
Konstantina Stavrianou

Production Company

Caleidoscopio Cine
Leyenda TV
Graal Post Production House

Production Design

Oscar Tello


Caleidoscopio Cine


Ana Cristina Barragán

Sound Design

Alex Icaza

Year of Production



Ana Cristina BARRAGÁN (1987, Ecuador) made her first short film when she was only 20 years old. Despierta/Awake (2008) was screened at several international film festivals, just like the two short films which followed. Alba (2016), which she made with the support of IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund, is her feature film debut.



Despierta/Awake (2008, short), Domingo violeta/Violet Sunday (2010, short), Anima/Spirit (2013, short), Alba (2016)