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With his third feature, Guatemalan writer-director Jayro Bustamante (IXCANUL, TEMBLORES) reimagines the classic Latin American tale of La Llorona, or "the Weeping Woman," a mother condemned to wander the earth after drowning her children, bringing misfortune to all who cross her path. Shifting the ancient tale to contemporary Guatemala, within the context of recent Guatemalan history and the trauma of its decades-long civil war, Bustamante tells the story of General Enrique Monteverde, a once-ruthless commanding officer who is finally being brought to trial for his role in the genocidal massacre of thousands of indigenous Mayans in the early 1980s. When he's acquitted on a technicality, his wife and daughter —along with as their faithful housekeeper and a mysterious new maid —bring Monteverde back to their opulent home, where demonstrators gather daily to demand retribution. As the angry protesters threaten to invade, Monteverde, his haughty wife, conflicted daughter and young granddaughter begin to hear and see strange and threatening things transpiring within the house. Reflecting the ongoing struggle to find justice for the victims of Guatemala's civil war, LA LLORONA demonstrates that true horror lurks not in the imagination, or the supernatural, but in real-life atrocities that have yet to be fully redressed. Winner, Best Film (Venice Days), 2019 Venice Film Festival; Winner, Knight Marimbas Award, 2020 Miami International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2019 Venice, Toronto, San Sebastián, London and Chicago film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Jayro Bustamante; SCR Lisandro Sánchez; PROD Gustavo Matheu. Guatemala/France, 2019, color, 97 min. In Spanish, Kaqchikel and Ixil with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish, Kaqchikel and Ixil
  • Country
    Guatemala, France
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Jayro Bustamante
  • Screenwriter
    Jayro Bustamante, Lisandro Sánchez
  • Producer
    Jayro Bustamante, Gustavo Matheu
  • Cast
    María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kénefic, Julio Diaz, Juan Pablo Olyslager, Ayla-Elea Hurtado, María Telón