A highly anticipated debut from one of world cinema’s youngest voices will soon be hitting U.S. theaters this month. The new drama “Ixcanul” follows 17-year-old Maria (Maria Mercedes Coroy) who lives with her mother Juana (Maria Telon) and father Manuel (Manuel Manuel Antun) and works on a coffee plantation in the Guatemalan foothills of the active Pacaya volcano. Maria’s parents are preparing her arranged marriage businessman Ignacio (Justo Lorenzo), but Maria has little interest in her monotonous, servile life in Guatemala and dreams of running away to the United States with friend and lover Pepe (Marvin Coroy). But when Pepe gets Maria pregnant and abandons her, she’s left alone and in disgrace, and must contend with the traditions of her culture and the modern world that looms just outside. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below and check out the poster below.
The film is the debut feature from Jayro Bustamante. The film won the Silver Bear prize at last year’s Berlin Film Festival, the most prestigious prize ever received by a Central American production. It was also an official selection at the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival, and was Guatemala’s first ever Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film.
“Ixcanul” opens at the IFC Center in New York City on August 19th from Kino Lorber. It will be followed by a national rollout, including theatrical releases in cities like Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.