Bernal Maria Luisa Elio (1926-2009) “In those days it happened, I was still very young, what would I give for being so young now, if ever I cease to be. And then there was something in the streets, something in the houses, which disappeared after the war, the war that I still see on the roofs of the houses, the war that appeared one day in the cry of women. ” Maria Luisa Elio. THE VOICE OF A CHILD OF WAR Maria Luisa Elio, a native of Pamplona, is the author of the original idea, rooted in autobiographical, “the script for In the empty balcony (1962), the most important work of her husband the poet, writer and filmmaker jomi Garcia Ascot, written in collaboration with Emilio Garcia Riera (ibicense also in exile). The film is dedicated to “The Spanish killed in exile”, described in intimate tone and pathetic at the same time the experiences and memories of Gabriela (Maria Luisa Elio), evoking his childhood and the sudden outbreak of war Spanish in their lives, seven years old. Recreating the subjectivity of a fragmentary perceptions (the sudden disappearance of the father, the flight through a forest from the Republican Nationalist Spain, news of the shooting of the father, the family arrived in southern France and exile to Mexico .) On the empty balcony won the Prix de la Critique Locarno Festival and Giano d’Oro in the Latin American Film Festival on Sestri-Levante. The actress, writer and cultural promoter Elio Maria Luisa Bernal was born in Pamplona on August 17, 1926 and died in Coyoacan, Mexico City, 17 July 2009. .