• Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hemelryck
  • Colombia, Romania, Chile
  • 2022
  • 84 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

La Arcadia in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, is a home for teenage girls who can no longer rely on their families. Giggling, they take a seat in front of the camera, against a background of shelving containing their personal belongings. The camera glides over the shelves, which are decorated with brightly colored nameplates: Natalia, Veronica—but Alis’s compartment is empty.

One by one, the girls close their eyes to picture this imaginary classmate. While they reminisce, the third-person perspective of the fictional Alis allows for candid and sometimes shocking stories to emerge, which increasingly touch on their most intimate feelings.

For five years, filmmakers Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck gave film workshops to the captivating residents of La Arcadia, whose powerful personalities make their poignant stories of abuse all the more compelling. Alis has already received major awards at film festivals worldwide, including Berlin, Guadalajara and Sheffield.


  • 84 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English
Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hemelryck
Clare Weiskopf / Casatarantula, Nicolas van Hemelryck / Casatarantula
Executive producer
Lise Lense-Møller for Magic Hour Films, Vlad Rădulescu for Avanpost, Nicolas van Hemelryck for Casatarantula, Clare Weiskopf for Casatarantula, Ramona Grama for 42 KM Film
Radu Stancu for Defilm, Alexandra Galvis for Pantalla Cines
Helkin René Díaz

IDFA history

Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production
Rough Cut Project
Pitch Project

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