“Land and Shade” follows Alfonso (Haimer Leal), a humble farmer who returns to the sugarcane fields of rural Colombia to tend to his estranged, gravely ill son (Edison Raigosa). Alfonso sees the woman that was once his wife for the first time in years, along with his daughter-in-law and his grandson, but he also must confront the trauma and devastation that he abandoned so many years ago. Industrial progress has ruined the land, perpetual clouds of ash fill the air, and all the while, Alfonso’s family still want to remain. The film also stars Hilda Ruiz, Marleyda Soto, and Felipe Cárdenas. See an exclusive clip from the film above featuring Alfonso discussing the presence of ash.
“Land and Shade” is the debut film from Colombian director César Augusto Acevedo. The screenplay for “Land and Shade” was his graduate thesis at Universidad del Valle’s School of Social Communications. The film premiered during the International Critics’ Week section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Camera D’Or award, presented to the best first feature film, as well as the France 4 Visionary Award and SACD Award. It was also the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 AFI Film Festival. The film will be distributed by Outsider Pictures in the United States.
“Land and Shade” will open at the Village East Cinema in New York on June 17, 2016.