Ixcanul

ixcanul

Ixcanul is a 2015 Guatemalan drama film written and directed by Jayro Bustamante, and starring María Mercedes Coroy, with Marvin Coroy, Manuel Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo and María Telón. It was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Alfred Bauer Prize. The film was selected as the Guatemalan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but was not nominated.

María, a young 17 year old mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation on the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her. Although Maria dreams of going to the “big city”, her condition as an indigenous woman does not permit her to change her destiny. Later on, a snake bite forces her to go out into the modern world where her life is saved, but at what price…