CAST: Maria Mercedes Coroy, Justo Lorenzo, Maria Telon, Manuel Antun DIRECTOR: Jayro Bustamante TCC DIVERSITY SERIES
Maria, a seventeen-year-old Mayan (Kaqchikel) girl, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her, but her suitor must first spend months working in the city. It is a world Maria knows nothing of, but is forced to grapple with when problems arise.
Like its titular Guatemalan volcano, Jayro Bustamante's hypnotic film debut Ixcanul bubbles with the tension of a teenage girl at odds with her family's native customs, before erupting into a frantic and quietly devastating third act.Alex Migdal, Globe and Mail
Ixcanul is a mesmerizing, intimate and meditative coming-of- age tale that explores a culture rarely seen in films.Claudia Puig, The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE
"Ixcanul" provides a window into a culture that we rarely see. But it's not just an anthropological study - it has a powerful story to tell, too.David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle