Director: Jayro Bustamante

La Casa de Producción
Les Films do Volcan

Genre: Drama

Duration: 93 minutes

Language: Spanish, Maya-Caqchickel, Maya-Ixil

Year: 2019

Country: Guatemala, France

Premiere: November 13th, 2020


With the words “If you cry, I’ll kill you” ringing in their ears, Alma and her sons are murdered in Guatemala’s armed conflict. Thirty years later, a criminal case is brought against Enrique, a retired general who oversaw the genocide. But he’s acquitted through a mistrial and the spirit of La Llorona is unleashed to wander the world like a lost soul amongst the living. At night, Enrique starts to hear her wailing. His wife and daughter believe he’s having bouts of Alzheimer’s-related dementia. Little could they suspect that their new housekeeper, Alma, is there to mete out the vengeance the trial did not. Premiered at Venice Film Festival (Giornati degli autori).


– Venice-days Award (Giornate degli Autori)

– Best Film exaequo (Bergen International Film Festival)

– Best Feature (Kolkata International Film Festival)

– Audience Award – Latidoamericano Section – (Cineuropa)

– Audience Award (FILMAR en America Latina)

– International Press Award – Glauber Rocha (La Habana International Film Festival)

– Special Jury Award (La Habana International Film Festival)

– Best Sound Award (La Habana International Film Festival)



Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days) – Official Section

Toronto International Film Festival – Contemporary World Cinema

El Gouna International Film Festival – Feature Narrative Competetion

SSIFF – Horizontes Latinos

Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival – World Cinema Special Screening

Bergen International Film Festival – Cinema Extraordinaire

Zurich Film Festival – International Competition

BFI London Film Festival – Competition

Gent International Film Festival – Official Competition

Cinema Akil Dubai (Latin American film festival)

Chicago International Film Festival – International Competition

Sao Paulo Interational Film Festival – International Perspective

Le Giornate Della Mostra del Cinema, Trento

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Sicilia

Tokyo International Film Festival – International Competition

Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Open Horizones

Cineuropa – Official Section “Latidoamericano”

Stockholm International Film Festival – Open Zone Competition

Film from the South Festival

Kolkata International Film Festival – Innovage Inmovie Images

Peliculatina Film Festival – Cinéfilos

FILMAR en América Latina

Pantalla Latina Switzerland

Movies on War Film Festival

La Habana International Film Festival – Official Section


Sundance Film Festival – Spotlight

Global Dominican Film Festival