SAN SEBASTIAN – In one of the first deals to go down at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival, Todo Cine Latino, the speciality label of Paul Hudson’s Los Angeles-based Outsider Pictures has inked U.S. rights to Colombian Cesar Acevedo’s “Land and Shade.”
An outstanding Latin American big fest winner in a year of multiple big fest wins, “Land and Shade” took Cannes 2015 Camera d’Or for best first feature, plus a Visionary Prize and France’s Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize (SACD) in Critics’ Week.
Deal was sealed at San Sebastian on Monday between Hudson and Agathe Valentin, the new head of sales at Paris-based Pyramide Films, one of Europe’s premier art film production-distribution-sales houses.
A somber drama about a Colombian family wrestling a pitiful living out of sugarcane plantation, which is destined to disappear, as their form of subsistence existence, Acevedo’s debut is produced by Diana Bustamante for Colombia’s Burning Blue is a Latin America-Europe co-production structure which takes in the Netherlands, Chile, Brazil and France. “Whilw mirthless in the extreme, Cesar Acevedo’s deliberarely paced and dustant-feeling debut works its way under the audiences’ skin, weaving a haungting allegory through painterly compositions,” Peter Debruge wrote in his Variety review.
“Land and Shade” is intimately linked to the San Sebastian Festival where it was a highlight of the 2nd Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, winning a second-prize special mention at the meet. It now plays in Horizontes Latinos, San Sebastian’s Latin American showcase.
“”This beautifully shot film is the story of the ruination of rural society, and the oppression of people stripped of their dignity by capitalism. The film is so topical and continues our acquisition of Colombian films that started with producer Diana Bustamente’s ‘Crab Trap’ and now continues with ‘Land and Shade,’” Hudson said.