We are pleased to announce a retrospective of the Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante, whose first film, IXCANUL, elicited a tremendous standing ovation when it debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015. His next two films, TREMORS (Temblores) and La Llorona, were also highly acclaimed. LA LLORONA was nominated to the Golden Globes in 2020, solidifying Jayro’s place as a key filmmaker in the contemporary Latin American film scene.

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. Tremors (2019) had its release in the Panorama section of the Berlinale Festival, and won the Audience and Rail d’Oc awards in Toulouse. In 2018, La Llorona premiered in Le Giornati degli Autori at the Venice Festival and was nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Film.



View in-person at The Cinematheque: Sunday, Aug 28, 6:30 PM

An ethereal masterpiece whose breathtaking beauty is layered with sociopolitical undertones.


View IN-PERSON at The Cinematheque: Sunday, Aug 28, 8:30 pm

A brilliant horror movie turns the guilt of a genocidal Guatemalan general into a gut-punch of a ghost story.
– David Fear, Rolling Stone

Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film 2019

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TREMORS (Temblores)

View in person at The Cinematheque: Wednesday, Aug 31, 6:45pm

A searing and penetrating portrait of the struggle to defend sexual identity in contemporary Guatemala City.