Ixcanul

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

Ixcanul

Directed by Jayro Bustamante

Ixcanul

Cast
Marvin Coroy
Justo Lorenzo
Manuel Antun
Maria Telon
Maria Mercedes Coroy

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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.

Reviews

**** (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



Awards

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

    Winner Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival 2015

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PLAYDATES

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


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