Venue: Cinema (St James Cavalier) Price: €7 for the general public, free for our Cinema Members
A slow-burning tale about a sugarcane farmer who returns home to find his family struggling with illness and poverty, La Tierra y la Sombra is a visually stunning reflection on stoic survival and the nature of time. Against a rural landscape that evokes an impending apocalypse, Alfonso and his family bear witness to the destruction and decay that ravage the land – burning crops, workers’ strikes and ash rain. To worsen the hardships endured by the family, it results that Alfonso’s son, Gerardo, has likely developed a deadly respiratory illness from the dire conditions brought about by the fires. With Gerardo confined to the home, his family are forced to make a living under the same life-threatening conditions while adapting to Alfonso’s return. Writer of ‘Los Hongos’ (2014), César Augusto Acevedo, shines in this first feature-length offering – a patiently-recounted feat of ‘slow cinema’.
This film is coordinated by the Honorary Consulate for Colombia and Spazju Kreattiv.