La tierra y la sombra

César Augusto Acevedo

Focus Colombia 97 min Fiction


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.


Latin American CinemaFirst FeaturePoliticsSocial Issues


César Augusto Acevedo

Director and screenwriter, he graduated with honors from the Universidad del Valle’s School of Social Communications and the screenplay for La tierra y la sombra was his graduate thesis. The screenplay went on to become his first feature film and premiered at the 2015 Cannes Festival’s Critics’ Week after receiving support from the Carolina Foundation and Ibermedia’s Ibero-American Film Proyects grant; a screenwriting grant and a feature production grant from Colombia’s Film Development Fund (FDC) in 2009 and 2013, respectively; the 2013 Cartagena International Film Festival’s Encuentros Cartagena prize; the Hubert Bals and Hubert Bals Plus Funds; and Honorable Mention at the II Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The film also took part in the Ibero-American Films Crossing Borders section of the 2010 Havana Film Festival and in the Ibero-American Co-Production Meeting at the 2012 Huelva Film Festival in Spain.

Filmography: Los pasos del agua (short, 2016), La tierra y la sombra (2015, D'A 2022)

César Augusto Acevedo

Film information

Original Title: Land and Shade
Director: César Augusto Acevedo
Script: César Augusto Acevedo
Contact: Pyramide Films
With: Haimer Leal, Hilda Ruiz, Edison Raigosa
Country: Colombia
Year: 2015
Format: DCP
Length: 97 min
Language: Spanish
Edition: 2022


Golden Camera
France 4 Visionary Award
Golden Rail Award
SACD Award

CICAE Award - Horizontes Latinos

Golden Alexander for Best Film
Special Jury Prize
Audience Award
Human Values Award


La tierra y la sombra