LAND AND SHADE (LA TIERRA Y LA SOMBRA)
Awarded the coveted Camera d'Or prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, César Augusto Acevedo's magnificently photographed minimalist feature debut reveals rich pleasures beneath its luscious veneer. With his estranged son gravely ill, an old farmer returns to the sugarcane fields of rural Colombia where the family and land he long ago abandoned have withered dramatically, devastated by industrial progress. As ash rains nightly all around them, the final throes of a family's fragile turmoil play out. Acevedo takes a gorgeously bleak, meticulous approach, with sweeping movements, calculated sequencing and deceptively simple use of space and staging worthy of study for aspiring filmmakers. LAND AND SHADE will reward patient viewers with a story of classic struggle and humanist themes expressed through the power of the moving image. Its deeply penetrating scope deserves to be remembered. — Landon Zakheim
Born in 1987 in Colombia, César Augusto Acevedo is part of the youngest generation of Latin American filmmakers. His feature debut, LAND AND SHADE, was shown in Critics’ Week in Cannes, where it won the Camera d’Or as well as the France 4 Visionary Award and the SACD Award for Best Screenplay. Acevedo also has made two short films.
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