Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Jayro Bustamante’s first feature film, “Ixcanul.” Guatemala’s first official entry to the Academy Awards, “Ixcanul” won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.
Directed by Bustamante and produced by Edgard Tenenbaum (“The Motorcycle Diaries”), the film tells the story of a 17-year-old Mayan girl who lives and works in a coffee plantation that sits at the base of an active volcano in Guatemala.
The official synopsis reads, “Although Maria dreams of going to the ‘big city,’ her condition as an indigenous woman does not permit her to change her destiny — and an arranged wedding is waiting for her. Later on, a snake bite forces her to go out into the modern world where her life is saved, but at a steep price.”
The visually dazzling and emotionally weighty film will be screening next in the Toronto Discovery section and in the San Sebastian Horizontes Latinos program. It will receive a theatrical release in 2016.