In this dreamlike fusion of documentary and fable, two young, impoverished Mayan lovers escape from their servitude on a remote Guatemalan coffee plantation and attempt to... Read more


Directed by Jayro Bustamante


Marvin Coroy
Justo Lorenzo
Manuel Antun
Maria Telon
Maria Mercedes Coroy

Directed by Jayro Bustamante

The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people.


**** (Four stars) "A fascinating blend of modernity and ritual." -The Guardian

"A powerful and highly accomplished debut deserving recognition. Moreover, with its social realist focus on Guatemala’s contemporary Mayan population, it offers a portrait of a largely unseen community refreshingly free of exoticism (the remarkable unprofessional cast helped co-write the script). -Filmmaker Magazine

"Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul was a genuine discovery, as this is not only the director’s first feature, but also the first film made in the Kaqchikel Mayan language..." -Senses of Cinema

"Bustamante’s film is downright Herzogian (far more than Herzog’s own “Queen of the Desert”) in its surfeit of physical detail, observed ritual and looming clash of civilizations." -Variety


  • Guatemala's entry for the Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film

    Winner Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival 2015

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Venue City Date
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1483678800January 6 - January 12, 2017
FilmBar Phoenix 1481864400December 16 - December 22, 2016
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 148134600012/10 & 12/13
Bijou Art Cinemas (Eugene, OR) Eugene 1480654800December 2 - December 8, 2016
Grand Illusion Cinema Seattle 1479445200November 18 - November 24, 2016
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Union Theatre) Milwaukee 1479445200November 18 - November 19, 2016
Cinema St. Louis/St. Louis International Film Festival St. Louis 1479013200November 13 - November 20, 2016
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1478840400November 11 - November 14, 2016
Ojai Film Society Ojai 1478404800November 6, 2016
Picturehouse Pelham 1478232000November 4 - November 10, 2016
Antioch University Midwest Yellow Springs 1478145600November 3, 2016
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor 1477195200October 23 - October 25, 2016
Denver Film Society Denver 1477022400October 21 - October 27, 2016
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1477022400October 21 - October 27, 2016
Flicks Theatre Boise 1477022400October 21 - October 27, 2016
Living Room Theaters Portland 1477022400October 21 - October 27, 2016
South Bay Film Society Torrance 1476763200October 18, 2016
Bijou Film Board Iowa City 1476763200October 18, 2016
Bear Tooth Theatre Anchorage 1476676800October 17, 2016
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1476417600October 14 - October 23, 2016
Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton Boca Raton 1476417600October 14 - October 27, 2016
Fine Arts Theatre Asheville 1476417600October 14 - October 20, 2016
Wesleyan University / Cinema Archives Middletown 1476331200October 13, 2016
Cornell Cinema Ithaca 1476331200October 13 - October 15, 2016
Hippodrome Theatre Gainesville 1475812800October 7 - October 20, 2016
Indiana University/Black Film Center Bloomington 1475380800October 2, 2016
The Broad Theater New Orleans 1475294400October 1 - October 20, 2016
The Loft Cinema Tucson 1475208000September 30 - October 20, 2016
Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym San Diego 1475208000September 30 - October 6, 2016
Camera Cinemas San Jose 1475208000September 30 - October 27, 2016
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1475208000September 30 - October 20, 2016
Aperture Cinema Winston Salem 1475208000September 30 - October 6, 2016
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1475208000September 30 - October 3, 2016
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe 1475208000September 30 - October 27, 2016
Denver Film Society Denver 1474516800September 22, 2016
Oxnard Film Society Oxnard 1474257600September 19, 2016
Smith Rafael Film Center San Rafael 1473998400September 16 - September 28, 2016
Landmark Nickelodeon Santa Cruz 1473998400September 16 - September 28, 2016
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis 1473998400September 16 - September 22, 2016
4-Star San Francisco 1473393600September 9 - September 28, 2016
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1472184000August 26 - October 27, 2016
Laemmle Monica Film Center Los Angeles 1472184000August 26 - September 28, 2016
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1472184000August 26 - September 25, 2016
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco 1472184000August 26 - September 28, 2016
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 1472184000August 26 - September 28, 2016
IFC Center New York 1471579200August 19 - October 20, 2016

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