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Volcano (2015)

Ixcanul (original title)
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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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María
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Manuel Antún ...
Manuel
Justo Lorenzo ...
Ignacio
Marvin Coroy ...
El Pepe
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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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25 November 2015 (France)  »

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Ixcanul Volcano  »

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$5,980 (USA) (19 August 2016)

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$290,880 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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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 »

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Bolero De Ixcanul
Composed by Pascual Reyes
Performed by Pascual Reyes, with Miguel Haller (Marimba), Ricardo Valdes (Ricardo Valdés) (mezcla)
Published by Pendlente
Courtesy of La Casa de Producción
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Ixcanul is an insightful and powerful film about Kaqchikel culture
20 September 2015 | by (Guatemala) – See all my reviews

Often times in Guatemala, you go watch a Guatemalan film solely for the sake of supporting your country. Ixcanul didn't feel that way, it is truly a film that transcends its origins and offers a story that feels universal. The story tackles topics such as agriculture, arranged marriages, pregnancy, among others. The film has a stunning cinematography and direction, which was quite impressive, some scenes do make use of the shaky camera method, which within context of what's happening in the film kind of make sense, however, they may feel a bit "out of place" considering the attention to detail that the rest of the film has.

Although all of the actors are debuting in this film, the acting is stellar, particularly from María Telón who commands the film and really delivers some of it's most powerful and emotionally effective scenes. In some instances, the actors don't need to speak for you to understand their feelings, almost like a silent picture. The Spanish-speaking actors are the only ones that I felt lacking, but their parts are minimal and are hardly detracting to the film.

Overall, Ixcanul is an eye-opener to people who are not familiar with the sad realities that the Kaqchikel people have to go through. It's the first film made in Guatemala that feels thought out, as well as culturally important and significant.


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