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Ixcanul (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 November 2015 (France)
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On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents.

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Jayro Bustamante
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Cast

Credited cast:
María Mercedes Coroy ... María
María Telón ... Juana
Manuel Antún Manuel Antún ... Manuel
Justo Lorenzo Justo Lorenzo ... Ignacio
Marvin Coroy Marvin Coroy ... El Pepe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fernando Martínez Fernando Martínez ... Policia
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María, a seventeen-year-old Mayan (Kaqchikel) girl, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her, but her suitor must first spend months working in the city. It is a world María knows nothing of, but is forced to grapple with when problems arise.

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The exploits of a simple rural existence.

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Drama

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Country:

Guatemala | France

Language:

Maya | Spanish

Release Date:

25 November 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ixcanul Volcano See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala See more »

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Gross USA:

$295,157

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$594,836
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was selected as the Guatemalan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but was not nominated. See more »

Soundtracks

Quiero Amarte
[From the AlbumLa Pachanga"]
Performed by Leslie Medina y Sus Rivales
Composed by Elías Godoy Castillo
Published by Edifosa
Courtesy of Difosa
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Extraordinary view of reality for thousands of Guatemalan Maya
20 November 2016 | by tsmadaSee all my reviews

I had the wonderful experience of watching this film with my Quiché goddaughter, who found the story real and compelling. Maria, 17, is betrothed by her parents to a young man--a decision in which she has no say. Her heart, however, leads her in another direction and therein lies the story's heart. The reality of daily life for thousands of Mayan Guatemalans, many of whom speak only their indigenous language, is conveyed with a realism that never patronizes. It is the daily struggle for life, for work, and dealing in an emergency with a power structure that is far from the experience of those who must confront it. One comment about the description: The film is bilingual: Spanish and Kakchiquel, one of 22 Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala, none of which can communicate with the other. I asked my goddaughter--who is trilingual (Kiché, Spanish, and English)--if she understood any of the Kakchiquel dialogue. "No" was her answer.


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