Twenty-eight-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. Cruz and Carlos del Castillo directed together for this indelible first feature, which portrays the extraordinary resilience and grace of characters caught in between the margins of a beautiful place.
Manolo Cruz is from Bogotá, Colombia, and has been one of the most well-known actors in his country since the age of six. He began studying directing and screenwriting in 2010, looking to complement his acting talents by telling his own stories. After creating five short films, he decided it was time to make his first feature, Between Sea and Land, which expresses his own cinematic point of view.
Carlos del Castillo
Carlos del Castillo is a New York Film Academy director and producer who specializes in symbolism, audiovisual effects, screenwriting, and cinematography. 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.