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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Alejandro Alonso Estrella

Alejandro ALONSO ESTRELLA (1987, Cuba) is an award-winning short documentary filmmaker, who graduated in Documentary Direction from Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in Havana. The Farewell (2014) had its world premiere at IDFA and amongst other prizes, won Best Documentary at Gibara Film Festival. His first feature documentary, The Project (2017), premiered at Visions du Réel and was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at DOK Leipzig. During 2017 and 2019, Alonso Estrella coordinated the Alternative Cinema master programme at EICTV. In 2021 he was selected as a Resident of the Spanish Film Academy to work on the writing of The Star.


Delirio/Delirium (2011, short doc), Close Your Eyes (2013, short), Velas/Candles (2014, short doc), The Farewell (2014, short doc), The Son of the Dream (2016, short), Duel 2017, short doc), The Project (2017, doc), Metatron (2018, short doc), Home (2019, short), Terranova (2021, short doc, co-dir), Abyssal (2021, short doc), La historia se escribe de noche (2024, short doc)

Alejandro Alonso Estrella at IFFR

  • History Is Written at Night

    Blackouts across Cuba set the stage for this eerie plunge into darkness.

    • Tiger Short Competition
  • Terranova

    Cities do not repeat themselves; they transmute. Some are philosophical ideas. The Terranova universe was filmed partly with a camera obscura.

    • Ammodo Tiger Short Competition