Directed by Jayro Bustamante
Also Available On:iTunes Amazon Google Play Vudu Booking Inquiry
Maria Mercedes Coroy
Ixcanul is the brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Mayans living on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. A memsmerizing fusion of fact and fable, this gorgeously photographed film is an immersive journey into its characters' customs and beliefs, chronicling with unblinking realism disappearing traditions and a disappearing people. One of the best-reviewed movies of 2016, Ixcanul was the first film Guatemala ever submitted for Best Foreign Film consideration at the Academy Awards.
DVD Extras Include:
Booklet essay by Lydia Ogwang
**** (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
RT' @QuadCinema': “Mesmerizing, tender, painful.” —A.O. Scott, The New York Times (Critic's Pick) THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER, Beniamino…
RT' @r_emmet':' @KinoLorber' Last Year at Marienbad is the greatest package I've ever put together imo.' https://t.co/8M4YwJGMdp'
RT' @r_emmet': I worked on 100+ DVDs and Blu-rays for' @KinoLorber' in 2019 - here are some of my favorites. Buy and be merry.' https://t.co/lPo…'
RT' @UnViewInc': The Ida Lupino Filmmaker Collection from' @normwilner's'' @nowtoronto' Blu-ray gifts for film fanatics is 40% off the suggested…
RT' @FilmComment': Announcing Film Comment's Best of 2019 poll, led by Bong Joon-ho's PARASITE! See the top 20:' https://t.co/UIAxvuZd6Q' https…
We've also got news to come about one of the films on their Best Undistributed list...' https://t.co/5aLQmzwHor'
We've got three on' @FilmComment's' list of the Best Films of 2019 – Bi Gan's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at #14, N…' https://t.co/xfDtgwUflA'
Nadav Lapid's SYNONYMS is #8 and Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt's DIAMANTINO is #17 on' @davidehrlich's' video cou…' https://t.co/JCib6De1Sy'
RT' @melvillmatic': Aaron Schimberg’s great ‘Chained for Life’ is now for rent on the usual platforms. Why you should see it:' https://t.co/NE…'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-629-6880.