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After a number of years as a production assistant at leading Colombian shingle Burning Blue, Colombian tyro filmmaker Cesar Acevedo, 28, burst onto the film world at the Cannes Film Festival no less, taking home not one but four prizes this year, including the prestigious Camera d’Or, for his exquisitely shot feature debut “Land and Shade” (La Tierra y la Sombra”).
It’s an auspicious beginning for this serious young man who talks about the rupture of his family as the inspiration for this somber film about a family coming to terms with the loss of their land to sugarcane fields and renewing long lost ties. Working closely with his Dp Mateo Guzman who shot Acevedo’s two previous shorts, “Los Pasos del Agua” and “La Campana,” Acevedo drew on the oeuvre of artists Jean Francois Millet and Andrew Wyeth to inform his painterly compositions.
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Locarno: Welcome to one face of new Latin America cinema. The latest film from Colombia’s Contravia Films- an arthouse powerhouse credits include Oscar Ruiz Navia’s “Crab Trab” and “Los Hongos” and William Vega’s “La Sirga,” and co-produced by the directors’ label Barbara Films and Germany’s Autentika Films, (post Mortem,” “Workers”),
“Siembra” is an immersive drama, shot in black-and-white. It turns on “Turco,” a 60-year-old fisherman – – tall, graven, gaunt – who comes to the big city to live with his son, Yosser, aged 19, a hot head. One night, Yosser is shot dead. Turco organizes the vigil, buries his son, and discovers he now has a reason to stay in the city. A fiction feature, is also multi-toned, part the tale of a man’s farewell to his rural origins, part near documentary, enriched with a fascination for the rich Afro-Colombian heritage of country-folk, now living in big cities, »
- John Hopewell
2 items from 2015
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