In a small Guatemalan village where many were “disappeared” during the country’s civil war, a troubled young man struggles with the memory of his murdered father — and the nearby presence of the man who turned his father in. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]


María, a 17-year-old Kaqchikel Maya, lives with her parents on a coffee plantation at the foot of an active volcano. She is set to be married to the farm’s foreman. But María longs to discover the world on the other side of the mountain, a place she cannot even imagine. And so she seduces a coffee-harvester who wants to escape to the USA. When this man leaves her behind, María discovers her own world and culture anew. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]