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Baby film image, director Cristina Sánchez Salamanca




Canadian Premiere

The daughter from a man’s first marriage feels left out and misunderstood at a birthday celebration for her younger stepsister. This is a beautifully made family relations story about a child’s insecurities and a father’s failure to recognize his daughter’s needs in a difficult situation. Reminiscent of Catherine Breillat’s emotionally rich works minus the sexual identity aspects, the film captures the mood and feelings of awkward belonging and frustration the daughter is overwhelmed by. Baby stems directly from the director’s experience growing up and exposes the difficulties and confusion children may have when parental relationships change.


Community Partner

Director Cristina Sánchez Salamanca
Cast Maria José Quintero, Rashed Esteffen, Juliana Bustillo, Mariana Tallaferro
Credits See Full Credits
Country of Origin Colombia
Year 2022
Language In Spanish with English subtitles
Film Contact Parche Films
Links Article, Official Website
15 min
Drama, Shorts, Women Directors

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Cristina Sánchez Salamanca headshot, Baby director

Cristina Sánchez Salamanca

Cristina Sánchez Salamanca is a Bogotá-based director and screenwriter specializing in fiction and commercial content. After studying Film and TV Direction at the ESCAC in Barcelona, Sánchez Salamanca returned to Colombia in 2016. Her short film Baby had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival’s Official Selection. She has worked as an Assistant Director and a Second Unit Director for Star+ and Disney+. Since 2022, Sánchez Salamanca has been the Head of Development at Vista Productions. She is currently developing her first feature film.