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With escalating suspense and indigenous beauty, the new trailer for Jayro Bustamante’s feature debut “Ixcanul” is as transfixing as it is mysterious. The drama, which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, marks Guatemala’s first official entry to the Academy Awards.
“Ixcanul” 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. While she dreams of going to the city on the other side, her condition as an indigenous woman does not permit her to change her destiny, mainly due to the arranged wedding that 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 drama will have its New York premiere at Lincoln Center’s Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema festival in January. Kino Lorber is planning a first quarter 2016 release. Watch the trailer above.