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.
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.
La Tierra y la Sombra