When her parents die in a car accident, adolescent Biancas universe is upended. Staying alone in the familys Rome apartment and entrusted with the care of her younger brother, Tomas, she struggles to hold things together as her place in her surreal new world becomes blurry. Life is further complicated when Tomass gym-rat friends invite themselves to stay indefinitely. Using Bianca as a lure for a heist theyve concocted, they convince her to initiate a sexual relationship with enigmatic blind hermit Maciste, played by Rutger Hauer. But as the two spend time together, Bianca unexpectedly finds normalcy and acceptance in the aging B-movie star and former Mr. Universes rococo mansion.
After graduating as a biologist, Alicia studied filmmaking in the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television and then received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her first feature film, Play, was shot in Chile and premiered in 2005 at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it received an award for best director. In 2009, her second film, Turistas, has been presented at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and has been distributed in United States, in Europa, and in South America. Alice lives in Chile where she teaches at the University of Chile.