Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

ALBA

 

Year: 2016
Country: ECUADOR, MEXICO, GREECE
Run Time: 96 minutes

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ALBA is a poignant look at the life of an excruciatingly shy 11-year-old. Alba, whose bedridden mother relies on her for help, is unable to form relationships at school. Instead she observes the preteen scene from outside, fragile as an insect beating its wings against a window. Alba longs to be a girl who goes to parties and wears pink lip gloss. But since her personality won’t let her, she mostly talks to herself. When her mother’s condition worsens, she goes to live with her father. He’s a maladjusted but well-meaning man, as reticent as the daughter he doesn’t know. Soon they get on together, in their own fashion. At her new school, an older girl is kind to Alba, and she’s even invited to a party. Yet following an agonizing game of middle school truth or dare, she breaks down. In sympathy with her pain, her father takes her to find solace by the sea. The future looks promising now that the two of them are together. ALBA features a beautifully understated performance by astonishing young actress Macarena Arias. (In Spanish with subtitles) —B.B.

ALBA

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Sidebars
CINEMA EN ESPAŃOL
WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Ana Cristina Barragán

Producers
Isabella Parra, Ramiro Ruiz, Rena Vougioukalou, Konstantina Stavrianou

Screenwriting
Ana Cristina Barragán

Cinematography
Simón Brauer

Editing
Yibrán Asuad, Juan Daniel Molero, José Maria Avilés

Principal Cast
Macarena Arias, Pablo Aguerre, Amaia Merino

Director Bio
Ana Cristina Barragán was born in Ecuador in 1987 and studied directing at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. She made her first short film when she was 20. ALBA, her first feature film, has been nominated for awards at five international festivals.

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ALBA (2016)

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