In an unusual case, Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante will participate with his two most recent films, Tremors / Temblores and La Llorona, in Horizontes Latinos, the San Sebastian Film Festival’s competitive sidebar of Latin American films.
Tremors, which had its world premiere at the last edition of the Berlin Film Festival last February, tells the story of the a man whose coming out shatters his family, of Evangelical believes and practice, his community and uncovers a profoundly repressive society.
Starring María Mercedes Coroy and María Telón, of Bustamante’s Berlinales awarded debut Ixcanul, La Llorona will have its world premiere in a few weeks as part of the Venice Days competition at the upcoming Venice Film Festival. A tale of horror and fantasy, La Llorona is ripe with suspense, and an urgent metaphor of Guatemalan recent history and its unhealed political wounds. The film will screen as closing selection of the sidebar as a non-competitive title.
The Latin American films competing in this year’s Horizontes Latinos sidebar are Again Once Again by Romina Paula from Argentina, August by Armando Capo from Cuba, La Bronca by Diego and Daniel Vega from Peru, Chicuarotes by Gael García Bernal from Mexico, The Cordillera of Dreams by Patricio Guzmán from Chile, The Moneychanger by Federico Veiroj from Uruguay.
Rounding up this year’s selections are Monos by Alejandro Landes from Colombia, Our Mothers by César Díaz from Guatemala, The Prince by Sebastián Muñoz from Chile, Que sea Ley by Juan Solanas from Argentina, The Sleepwalkers by Paula Hernández from Argentina, Uruguay, The Sharks by Lucía Garibaldi from Uruguay, Spider by Andrés Wood from Chile.
The 67th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival will take place September 20 - 28 in Spain.