Directed by Jayro Bustamante
Ixcanul is named for the active Guatemalan volcano on which teenaged María lives in her small village. María has been promised in marriage to Ignacio, a supervisor on the local coffee plantation, a match that will ensure a future for her and her family. But Maria wants to run away with Pepe, a poor coffee worker, who is headed for the United States. A mesmerizing, understated tragedy, this critically acclaimed debut feature, a hit on the international festival circuit, is the first film made in the Kaqchikel Mayan language and was Guatemala’s entry into last year’s Academy Awards. The film is part of the new wave of accomplished films coming out of Central America.