Co-production Land and Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) will be offered by different movie theatres in the Netherlands from 29 September. The film will also be available on Filmthuis.
The Colombian Hubert Bals Fund Plus co-production is directed by César Acevedo and won the Camera d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso tries to fit back in and save his family.
The film is produced by Burning Blue (Colombia) and co-produced by 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. The programme offers support to talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.