Director: Jayro Bustamante

La Casa de Producción
Les Films do Volcan

Cast: María Mercedes Coroy (Ixcanul), Margarita Kénefic, Sabrina de la Hoz, Julio Díaz.

Genre: Drama

Duration: 97 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, Venice Film Festival, Italy, 2019)

– Best Film exaequo (Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, 2019)

– Audience Award – Latidoamericano Section – (Cineuropa, 2019)

– Best Feature (Kolkata International Film Festival, India, 2019)

– Audience Award (FILMAR en America Latina, Switzerland, 2019)

– International Press Award / Glauber Rocha, Special Jury Award, Best Sound (La Habana International Film Festival, Cuba, 2019)

– Knight MARIMBAS Award – Best Feature (Miami Film Festival, USA, 2020)



Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days) – Official Section – Italy

Toronto International Film Festival – Contemporary World Cinema – Canada

El Gouna International Film Festival – Feature Narrative Competetion – Egypt

SSIFF – Horizontes Latinos – Spain

Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival – World Cinema Special Screening – Turkey

Bergen International Film Festival – Cinema Extraordinaire – Norway

Zurich Film Festival – International Competition – Switzerland

BFI London Film Festival – Competition – UK

Gent International Film Festival – Official Competition – Belgium

Cinema Akil Dubai (Latin American film festival) – U.A.E.

Chicago International Film Festival – International Competition – USA

Sao Paulo Interational Film Festival – International Perspective – Brazil

Le Giornate Della Mostra del Cinema, Trento – Italy

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Sicilia – Italy

Tokyo International Film Festival – International Competition – Japan

Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Open Horizones – Greece

Cineuropa – Official Section “Latidoamericano”

Stockholm International Film Festival – Open Zone Competition – Sweden

Film from the South Festival – Norway

Kolkata International Film Festival – Innovage Inmovie Images – India

Peliculatina Film Festival – Cinéfilos – Belgium

FILMAR en América Latina – Switzerland

Pantalla Latina Switzerland

Movies on War Film Festival – Norway

Cartagena Film Festival – Spain

La Habana International Film Festival – Official Section – Cuba


Sundance Film Festival – Spotlight – USA

Global Dominican Film Festival – Dominican Republic

Bengaluru International Film Festival –  Contemporary World Cinema – India

Miami Film Festival – USA

Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival – Spectrum – Korea

Mediterranean Film Festival Split – Out of Competition: Focus South America – Croatia

Quito International Film Festival – Closing Film – Ecuador

Latin American Film Focus Festival – Showcase – Denmark

MOTELX Lisbon International Horror Film Festival – Room Service – Portugal

Helsinki International Film Festival- Latin Film section – Finland

Praga International Film Festival – Panorama – Czech Republic