Land and shade (OT: La Tierra y la Sombra), directed by César Acevedo, won the Caméra d’Or in Cannes during the The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.
The Caméra d’Or is the award given for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes’ selections. Land and Shade premiered at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes and received three other prices earlier this week: the France 4 Visionary Award, the Rail d’or prize and the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers SACD Prize. Land and Shade becomes the first Colombian film to ever win the Caméra d’Or in its 36 years of existence, and it becomes the fourth Latin American film to win the award.
Land and shade tells the story of Alfonso, an old farmer that returns to his home, but has become completely alienated from his family and the village where he grew up. Danger looms on all sides across the vast, shimmering sugar cane fields; industrial progress is bringing far-reaching changes to the poor countryside.
A heartrending and socially aware family drama plays out between towering crops and choking dust.
The film is produced by Burning Blue in co production with Ciné-Sud Promotion (France), Una Films (Germany) and Topkapi Films (Netherlands). Supported by HBF Plus, a programme by the Netherlands Film Fund and International Film Festival Rotterdam that is successfully involving Dutch film producers in international co-productions that have already received support from the HBF.