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La Llorona
Horizontes Latinos - Closing film out of competition VII Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum
'LA LLORONA' (Horizontes Latinos)
Foto: Pablo Gómez
'LA LLORONA' (Horizontes Latinos)
Foto: Pablo Gómez
María Mercedes Coroy
Foto: Pablo Gómez
Horizontes Breakfast ''LA LLORONA''
Horizontes Breakfast ''LA LLORONA''
Horizontes Breakfast ''LA LLORONA'' (v.o. )
34m. 4s.
Horizontes Breakfast ''LA LLORONA'' (v.o. )
JAYRO BUSTAMANTE (Director, Screenwriter, Producer) SABRINA DE LA HOZ (Actress) MARÍA MERCEDES COROY (Actress) MARGARITA KÉNEFIC (Actress)
(v.o. )

With the words "If you cry, I'll kill you" ringing in their ears, Alma and her sons are murdered in Guatemala's armed conflict. Thirty years later, a criminal case is brought against Enrique, a retired general who oversaw the genocide. But he's acquitted through a mistrial and the spirit of La Llorona is unleashed to wander the world like a lost soul amongst the living. At night, Enrique starts to hear her wailing. His wife and daughter believe he's having bouts of Alzheimer's-related dementia. Little could they suspect that their new housekeeper, Alma, is there to mete out the vengeance the trial did not. Premiered at Venice Film Festival (Giornati degli autori).


Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala City, 1977) studied Communication at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala and Film Directing at the CLCF in Paris; he later trained as a screenwriter at the Experimental Film Centre in Rome. His first feature film, Ixcanul (2015), received the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin Festival after having screened at Films in Progress in San Sebastian, to which he returned to compete in Horizontes Latinos. Temblores (Tremors, 2019) had its release in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, won the Audience and Rail d’Oc awards in Toulouse, and now competes in Horizontes Latinos. In 2018, his project La llorona won the EFADs-CACI Award at the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum in San Sebastian. The film screened in Le Giornati degli Autori at the last the Venice Festival.  

Jayro Bustamante
Jayro Bustamante
La Casa de Producciones
Gustavo Matheu
Les Films du Volcan
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Film Factory Entertainment
Atera Films
Nicolás Wong
Gustavo Matheu, Jayro Bustamante
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María Mercedes Coroy , Sabrina De La Hoz, Julio Diaz, Margarita Kénefic, Juan Pablo Olyslager, Ayla-Elea Hurtado, María Telón
Running Time
96 m.
Guatemala - France
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