César Acevedo

2012 Los pasos del agua
2013 La campana
2015 La tierra y la sombra/Land and Shade

He was born in Colombia in 1987. He graduated with honors from the Universidad del Valle’s School of Social Communications (Cali, Colombia) 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 a great number of Colombian and international foundations. Before he shot Land and Shade, he shot two short films and he worked as an assistant director to Oscar Ruiz Navia οn his film Los hongos de Oscar (Jury Special Prize at the Rotterdam IFF 2009), and as an assistant producer on his film El vuelco del cangrejo (FIPRESCI Award at the 2010 Berlinale) by the same director.

International Competition

Land and Shade / César Acevedo

A worker returns home after many years. He reunites with his ex-wife and his sick son, and meets his daughter-in-law and his grandson for the first time. The film, set against the backdrop of a sugarcane plantation in Colombia, gives a taste of Colombian rural life by building its plot around a family struggling for survival. The dialogue is minimal, the pace is slow, and the characters seem to be emotionally detached until they finally buckle under the weight of relentless hardships. First-time director César Acevedo tells a simple story about modern-day Colombian society with a mixture of realism and symbolism.

Director:César Acevedo
Script:César Acevedo
Cinematography:Mateo Guzmán
Editing:Miguel Schverdfinger
Sound:Juan Felipe Rayo
With:Haimer Leal (Alfonso), Hilda Ruiz (Alicia), Edison Raigosa (Gerardo), Marleyda Soto (Esperanza), José Felipe Cárdenas (Manuel)
World Sales:Pyramide Films, France T. +33 1 4296 0220 F. +33 1 4020 0551
Producer:Diana Bustamante Escobar, Paola Andrea Pérez Nieto, Jorge Forero
Production:Burning Blue, T. +57 30 0553 3853
Production Country:Colombia-France-The Netherlands-Chile-Brazil
Co-production:Ciné-Sud Promotion (France), Topkapi Films (The Netherlands), Rampante Cine (Chile), Preta Porté Filmes (Brazil),
Format:DCP Color
Production Year:2015
Awards :
Camera d’Or – Cannes IFF 2015
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 15:30 | ID:614
FRIDA LIAPPA:Friday, November 13, 2015 - 18:00 | ID:745