The award-winning film "Alba" by emerging Ecuadorian director Ana Cristina Barragán is making the international festival rounds. Next on the schedule is the Hola México Film Festival in Los Angeles this June.
The coming-of-age film, which marks Barragán's directorial debut, will screen under Hola México's Nuevas Voces category which showcases works by new directors.
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"Alba" tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who has to move in with his father, whom she barely knows, after her mother is hospitalized with a serious illness. The introverted adolescent enters a new world of privileged students while dealing with a father who is both distant and a failure.
Young Ecuadorian actress Macarena Arias plays Alba, with her compatriot Pablo Aguirre as of her father and the Spanish actress Amaia Merino as her mother. The cast also includes: Mara Appel, Isabel Borje, Maisa Herrera, María Pareja and Francisco Pérez.
A Mexico/Ecuador/Greece co-production, the adolescent drama has so far collected enough accolades worldwide to arguably make it one of the most awarded films from Ecuador.
"Alba" was one of five Latin American films selected to be screened at the Cannes Festival. It won a FIPRESCI prize from the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique.
The film also received the Spondylus Trophy for Best First Film at the Lima Latin American Film Festival and the Lions Film Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, both prizes for the director, according to IMDb.com.
That internet movie database website also lists the film as earning a special jury mention for achievement in ensemble at the Mumbai Film Festival for both actress Macarena and the Ecuadorian production company Caleidoscopio Cine and another special mention under the Horizons Award of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
At Hola México, the film will have two screenings, the first on Thursday, June 8 at 5 pm and another on Sunday, June 11 at 12 noon, both at the Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center in downtown Los Angeles.
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