Director: Jayro Bustamante
Guatemala | 2019 | Spanish with English subtitles | 107 min
View in person at The Cinematheque: Wednesday, Aug 31, 6:45pm
Guatemala present day. Pablo is considered by his society to be a “good man”: a 40-year-old professional, married with two children, and a practicing Evangelical Christian. But when Pablo falls in love with Francisco and decides to leave his devout Evangelical family, he faces a cruelty he never anticipated. His relatives put their faith and family above all else and cling to the idea of being able to “cure” Pablo at any cost.
There are any number of movies about gay men trying to liberate themselves from the long shadow of heteronormative oppression… but few have been told with the extraordinary nuance or compassion of Jayro Bustamante’s “Tremors.”- David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Guatemala, en la actualidad. Pablo es un “buen hombre”: un cristiano evangélico practicante, de 40 años y casado y con dos hijos. Pero un día Pablo se enamora de Francisco y decide abandonar a su devota familia evangélica. Sus familiares, sin embargo, ponen su fe y la familia por encima de todo y se aferran aun a la idea de poder “curar” a Pablo.
Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala, 1977) trained as a director in Guatemala, Paris, and Rome. His short film, When I am grown-up, debuted at Clermont-Ferrand where it won the CNC quality award, and was broadcast on French, Swedish, and Dutch television. His debut feature film, Ixcanul, won 16 international film awards, including the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Ixcanul (2015) and his most recent film, La Llorona (2019), are both screening at VLAFF this year.