First time filmmaker Sofia Quiros’ Land of Ashes is a mysterious and beautiful rite of passage tale told in a dreamlike, magical realist style. Beautifully shot and set in a picturesque coastal town in Costa Rica, the film follows 13 year old Selva. After the sudden disappearance of her only motherly figure, Selva is the only one left to take care of her grandfather, who doesn’t want to live anymore. Between mysterious shadows and wild games, she debates whether to help her grandfather achieve his desire, even though this might mean going through her last moments of childhood alone.