Carlos Balbuena

Spain 60 min Documentary


The main character travels to the town of his family, a mining town in the province of León.
The old home of his grandparents, haunts, intense odors nature, the ashen textures that leave the remains of coal in the walls of the houses, the intense cold, he awakened in fuzzy memories, strangers who join him in a state of introspection and anxiety.

* World première



Carlos Balbuena

The aesthetic and political weight of the landscape is one of the characteristics of his cinema, a good part of which has been seen on the screens of D’A. He graduated from ESCAC and his career has focused mainly on editing, as well as film criticism. His films Ashes, produced by Pere Portabella, and Elephants, had their world premiere at the D’A and were selected at several international film festivals.


Far Away (short film, 2024, D'A 2024), Toward Morning I Climb Down and Wander Back Into the House (short film, 2021, D'A 2021), Tres quarteres (mid-length film, 2019, D'A 2019), Elephants (2017, D’A 2018), Ashes (2014, D’A 2014), Un poco de sal para la lubina (short film, 2005), Detalles sórdidos (short film, 2007)

Carlos Balbuena

Film information

Original Title: Ashes
Director: Carlos Balbuena
Script: Carlos Balbuena
Contact: Estitxu Elizasu
With: Jorge Tejerina
Country: Spain
Year: 2013
Format: Digital
Length: 60 min
Language: Spanish
Edition: 2014