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Ali

Director Paco R. Banos scheduled to attend | June 6 & June 8

In this delightfully quirky coming-of-age comedy, 18-year-old Ali is afraid of driving and of falling in love, which gets complicated when Julio comes on the scene. Ages 13+

Schedule
June 6, 2013 7:00 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed
June 8, 2013 11:00 AM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

In a role reversal that is challenging for any young adult, Ali has become a caretaker to her mother's delicate mental health. While her mother's mood alternates between boyfriend-induced happiness to solitary depression, Ali is left to rebelliously carve her own place in the world. Scarred by the past, she chainsmokes, refuses to learn to drive, and is terrified of falling in love. Ali spends her days working in a supermarket and the rest of her time off on misadventures with her friends. But when she meets Julio, her tough veneer starts to crack and she may have to amend her strict rules of non-engagement. Nadia de Santiago gives a star-making performance as Ali, a multi-layered young woman who has been forced to grow up too quick yet is holding on desperately to her youth. The world that writer-director Paco R. Baños has designed for her is delightfully quirky, giving her a true sense of charisma that affords her buoyancy to float above her challenging situation. Baños' debut feature is an assured debut that breathes life into the coming-of-age genre, stylistically painting in lush primary colors but finding the more complicated colors mixing beneath the surface.

Director Biography
Paco R. Baños has worked in Spanish film and TV for over a decade as a script supervisor, assistant director, and a director for the television production Año 400. After script-supervising on the award-winning films 12+1, Une Comedia Metafisica, After, and 7 Virgins and directing the 2004 short Necesidades, which opened at the Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes La Boca del Lobo. Ali is his first feature film.

Sponsored in part by Consulate General of Spain - San Francisco, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, Dragados USA, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, The Tourist Office of Spain, Comcast Xfinity, UW Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Director: Paco R. Baños
Principal Cast: Nadia de Santiago, Verónica Forqué, Julián Villagrán, Adrián Lamana, Angy Fernández
Premiere Status: North America
Country: Spain
Year: 2012
Running Time: 86 minutes
Producer: Álvaro Alonso Gómez
Screenplay: Paco R. Baños, Rafael Cobos
Cinematographers: Álvaro Gutiérrez
Editors: José M. Moyano
Music: Julio de la Rosa
Website: http://www.alilapelicula.com
Awards: Malaga Film Festival 2012 (Best Debut Film); Ourense Independent Film Festival 2012 (Best Actress, Best Director)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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