Land and shade (OT: La Tierra y la sombra) won three awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival: the Special Jury Award – Silver Alexander, the Human Values Award and the Fischer Audience Award for a film in the international competition section.
The feature film by Cesar Acevedo won also awards at a.o. the Cannes Film Festival (Camera d’Or), San Sebastian Film Festival and AFI Fest.
Land and shade tells the story of Alfonso, an old farmer who 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.
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.