Alba is a teenager who lives with her parents and her three younger siblings in the working-class neighborhood of La Verneda, in Barcelona. One Saturday morning, as usual, Alba meets Pili, her close friend and neighbour, who encourages her to sneak onto the entry-restricted roof of Pili’s building. Up there, the two girls discover a very special place in which they feel totally free, thus turning it into their secret shelter. In a moment of calm, Alba falls asleep and embarks on a magical journey driving her to distant planets, floating in a cosmic environment full of fantastic elements. Throughout this mysterious experience, Alba will solve some existential doubts and she will also face her darkest and deeper feelings. Once she awakens from the dream, Alba will feel that something important has changed inside of ther, and her friend Pili will help her discover what it is.
This project was born from the willingness inside all human beings to get answers. To convey that, IBIS selects that key period in life in which existential doubts arise and inner anxieties are also magnified: that is, adolescence. In the short film, the two protagonists, Alba and Pili, live a mysterious experience that encourages them to formulate several questions: a few of them find an answer; others remain open for the viewers to draw their own conclusions. Behind a dual narrative which is, firstly, intimate and familiar; and, secondly, surreal and obscure, the story of IBIS challenges the viewer by turning him into a witness of the main character's revealing experience. On the other hand, IBIS also wants to talk about friendship and its essential role as the catalyst vector that helps Alba to achieve her long-awaited relief. Friendship and also self-love are conveyed as the only forces capable of decoding the messages within us that we are not able to understand.