Between Sea and Land

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Colombia | 2016 | 98 minutes | Carlos del Castillo

Winner of Best Film and Best Actor at the Sundance Film Festival, this breathtaking tour de force from actor and filmmaker Manolo Cruz is the tender story of a young man in a small Colombian village who may be immobile due to a neurological disorder, but is unbound in spirit.

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Afflicted with dystonia, a rare condition that degrades the body's muscles, Alberto (filmmaker Manolo Cruz in a fearless performance) has lain bedridden for most of his 28 years. Cared for by his doting, protective mother Rosa (Vicky Hernandez) in their small shack perched above Colombia's Caribbean coast, his few connections to the world are a small mirror used to look outside, and cherished visits from his beautiful childhood friend Giselle (Viviana Serna). When Giselle's efforts to get Alberto medical attention through her job at a local NGO threaten Rosa's caretaker role, the mother's fiercely protective instincts take over, leading to a desperate and devastating resolution. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance World Cinema dramatic competition, as well as a Special Jury Prize for acting for both Cruz and Hernandez, Cruz and director Carlos del Castillo offer a tour de force that is a profound and powerful meditation on the strength of a mother's love, gorgeously lensed using natural light by Robespierre Rodriguez and grounded with two of the most committed onscreen performances in recent memory.

Director Biography
Carlos del Castillo is a New York Film Academy director and producer. He graduated in dramatic arts and has directed 25 plays on the South American stage. Del Castillo has visited 60 places in 20 years for different audiovisual projects. Between Sea and Land is his first feature.

Sponsored by Latin American and Caribbean Studies UW

  • Original Language Title: La Ciénaga – Entre el Mar y la Tierra
  • Director: Carlos del Castillo
  • Principal Cast: Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernandez, Viviana Serna, Jorge Cao, Mile Vergara, Javier Saenz, Rafael Rubio
  • Country: Colombia
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo
  • Screenplay: Manolo Cruz
  • Cinematographers: Robespierre Rodriguez
  • Editors: German A. Duarte
  • Music: David Murillo R.
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2016 (World Cinema Dramatic Acting Award, Audience Award), Sonoma Valley Film Festival 2016 (Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Global Screen GmbH