Official Selection


by Jayro Bustamante
Guatemala, France, 2019, 97', color, DCP
Screenplay: Jayro Bustamante
Friday 30 August 2019
11:30 Sala Perla Press, Industry
Sunday 01 September 2019
17:40 Sala Perla Tickets, All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Wednesday 04 September 2019
14:15 Sala Pasinetti All Accreditations

Nicolás Wong Diaz
Jayro Bustamante
Gustavo Matheu
Pascual Reyes
Eduardo Cáceres
production design
Sebastián Muņoz

María Mercedes Coroy
Sabrina De La Hoz
Margarita Kénefic
Julio Diaz
María Telón
Juan Pablo Olyslager
Ayla-Elea Hurtado

Jayro Bustamante
Gustavo Matheu
La Casa de Producción

Georges Renand
Marina Peralta
Les Films Du Volcan
with the support of
Aide aux cinémas du monde
Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes de Guatemala

With the words "If you cry, I'll kill you" ringing in their ears, Alma and her sons are ensnared in Guatemala's armed conflict. Thirty years later, a criminal case is brought against Enrique, a retired general who oversaw the genocide. But when he's acquitted through a mistrial, the spirit of La Llorona is unleashed to wander the world like a lost soul amongst the living. At night, Enrique starts to hear her wailing. His wife and daughter believe he's having bouts of Alzheimer's-related dementia. Little do they suspect that their new housekeeper, Alma, is there to mete out the vengeance the trial did not.



2019 La Llorona
2019 Temblores
2015 Ixcanul (Vulcano)
2011 Cuando sea grande (short)
2010 Au détour des murs, les visages d'une cité (doc)
2009 Usted (short)
2006 Todo es cuestion de trapos (short)

Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala, 1977) was born into a community mostly of Mayan descent, on the shores of Lago Atitlan. His professional endeavors as a director began in advertising. He later moved to Paris to continue his studies in film directing at the CLCF (Conservatoire libre du cinéma français) and in screenwriting in Rome, at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. Once back in Guatemala, he created his own production company: La Casa de Producción, with which he produced his short films and his debut feature, Ixcanul. In 2015, Ixcanul crowned him as director after winning the Alfred Bauer Award at the Berlinale, and more than sixty awards at international festivals. Later in 2016, he created an auteur cinema distribution department (the first in Guatemala) in his production company as well as one dedicated to representing artists abroad (another first), obtaining acting contracts in Hollywood and Mexico for Ixcanul's star, María Mercedes Coroy. In April 2017, he created La Sala de Cine, Guatemala's first theater exhibiting independent films.

"This film mixes together the story of the killings during the armed conflict in Guatemala, with former president Efraín Ríos Montt being convicted for genocide and seeing it annulled; the Sepur Zarco case of crimes against humanity; and the domestic and sexual slavery of native women, as well as misogyny, classism, religiosity, mysticism and magic realism. All these ingredients create an amalgamation of suspense and terror that surpasses the legend [Ed. Note: of the Llorona] itself. I needed to capture interest internationally, but above all that of my people, and so I began this journey by going back to my childhood fears, to my new fears as an adult and my interest in storytelling. A cinematographic way of denouncing crime, all under the guise of entertainment, without ever losing sight of the universally recognized auteur cinema." [Jayro Bustamante]

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