Colombian HBF Plus coproduction Land and Shade (OT: La Tierra y la Sombra) finished principal photography.
The film by César Augusto Acevedo was shot at the sugar cane plantations of Colombia. Image post production will be performed next months by Dutch company Storm Postproduction.
The film is produced by Burning Blue Films (Colombia), unafilm (Germany), CinéSud Promotion (France) and Topkapi Films (the Netherlands).
An old farmer 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.
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. Each year, the HBF supports 20 to 30 film projects in their script development or post-production. Since 2006, the Netherlands Film Fund has annually made a sum of € 200,000 available for the HBF Plus programme.