First-timer director Jayro Bustamante proves himself a true global up-and-comer with his Berlinale-Competition IXCANUL (VOLCANO). As touching as it is visually beautiful and impressively well performed, this Guatemala-France coproduction includes Edgard Tenembaum, producer of the acclaimed The Motorcycle Diaries.


Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, for a feature film that opens new perspectives, at the Berlinale 2015.

Best Picture Award at the Cartagena Film Festival (FICCI).


Best Latin American Picture and Director Awards at the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG). 


Audience and Critics Awards at Toulouse’s Cinelatino Film Festival.


Best Cinematography Award at the Valletta Film Festival.


Blue Angel Award for the Best Film and the Blue Angel Award for the Best Female Performance to Maria Telón at the 23rd Art Film Fest. 


Jury special mention at the Golden Apricot (Armenia)


EPIC Award and Best Actress for María Telón at the 19th Festival de Cine de Lima


Enthusiastically received at 2014’s Films in Progress for its ability to combine entertainment with a impacting and informed presentation of the abuses and lack of freedom suffered by women in rural parts of Guatemala.” John Hopewell, VARIETY


Drama / 2015 / Kaqchikel / Guatemala-France / Completed



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...






Jayro Bustamante


Production Companies

La Casa de Producción Tu Vas Voir



Marina Peralta

Pilar Peredo

Edgard Tenembaum (The Motorcycle Diaries)

Jayro Bustamante


María Mercedes Coroy


María Telón


Manuel Antún


Justo Lorenzo


Marvin Coroy