Ana Cristina Barragán

EC / MX / GR
Feature Film
International Debut Feature Film Competition

»I search for a narrative that evokes strong feelings by telling only a few things, by showing just the tip of unseen matters, suggesting that they‘re very deep. I’m interested in films that go beyond a story, those that leave a scent behind, a particular and long-lasting taste.«
– Anna Cristina Barragán

Alba, eleven years old, passes her days in silence. She is shy and embarrassed about recent developments in her body. Also, she stands little chance against the self-aware, early-adolescent rich girls who tease her at school. She has learnt to cope, however, with her mother’s serious illness. She helps her in the bathroom and plays silently when she takes her afternoon sleep. When her mother’s condition deteriorates and she is admitted to hospital, Alba is sent to live with her father. They last saw each other when Alba was only three. A slow and delicate rapprochement begins. While Alba comes to terms with the rougher side of her femininity – underarm hair and the first menstrual blood – Barragán finds beauty in her protagonist’s awkward body and shame. Small details and the use of physical space in this coming-of-age story are as important here as the few words spoken, a technique which reflects admiration for Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and Lucrecia Martel. This debut feature film, one of the few works from the cinematically underrepresented Ecuador, is a delicate exploration of intimacy and the hesitant acceptance of a father- daughter relationship.

Awards for Alba
Lions Film Award – International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016

Director / Script

Ana Cristina Barragán


Simón Brauer


Yibran Asuad, Juan Daniel Molero, Ana Cristina Barragán, José María Avilés


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

Production / Contact

Caleidoscopio Cine, Ramiro Ruiz, Konstantina Stavrianou, Isabella Parra

Portrait of director Ana Cristina Barragán

Ana Cristina Barragán

Born 1987 in Ecuador, Barragán made her first film at the age of twenty. Awake has been screened at international festivals. Her film Violet Sunday saw its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in 2011. Alba won the Lions Film Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2016. She is currently working on two feature film projects, La piel del pulpo and Mujer conejo.

Filme von Ana Cristina Barragán
Anima (Spirit) 2013 | Domingo violeta (Violet Sunday) 2010 | Despierta (Awake) 2008