SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2016: GRAND JURY PRIZE, AUDIENCE AWARD (World Dramatic); GRAND JURY PRIZE BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR (Best Acting Award / World Dramatic)
SONOMA FILM FESTIVAL 2016: AUDIENCE AWARD (Best World Feature)
BETWEEN SEA AND LAND is a breathtaking tour de force from Actor and Writer Manolo Cruz. The film, set on a small inlet adjacent to the Caribbean Sea in Colombia, tells the moving story of 28year old Alberto and his mother Rosa.
28-year-old Alberto lives on a swampy marsh adjacent to the Caribbean sea, which he dreams of one day visiting. But Alberto is afflicted with a neurological disorder that confines him to his bed, and his mother Rosa lovingly protects and takes care of him. Alberto’s wry humor and creativity help them muster the strength to endure, and he enjoys the company of his neighbor Giselle, who showers Alberto with affection. But the life he imagines with his would-be-sweetheart feels just as close-yet-out-of-reach as the sea he looks upon. As he slips into anguish, Rosa confronts her past in order to lift her son’s burden and make his dreams attainable.
Manolo Cruz (who also wrote the film) gives a tremendous performance as Alberto, inhabiting a young man trapped by physical hardship but unbound by spirit. Carlos del Castillo directed for this indelible first feature, which portrays the extraordinary resilience and grace of characters caught in between the margins of a beautiful place.
Director: Manolo Cruz
Co-Director: Carlos del Castillo