La llorona

Guatemala. Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte, Casa de Producción (Firm), Films du Volcan

DVD - 2022

A country's bloody history stains the present in the Guatemalan auteur Jayro Bustamante's transfixing fusion of folk horror and searing political commentary, inspired by the real-life indictment of the authoritarian Efraín Ríos Montt for crimes against humanity. A notorious, now aging former military dictator stands trial for atrocities committed against Guatemala's Mayan communities. While battling legal repercussions and the people's demands for justice, he and his family... are plagued by a series of increasingly strange and disturbing occurrences, seemingly brought on by an enigmatic new housekeeper. With a restraint that renders the film's shocks all the more potent, Bustamante crafts a chilling vision of a national reckoning with collective harms and the restless ghosts of a past that refuses to die. Spoken in Spanish, IXIL, and Kaqchikel with English subtitles.

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Criterion collection ; 1156.
Feature films
Fiction films
Historical films
Political films
Horror films
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection [2022]
Director-approved DVD special edition
Item Description
Special features: 2K digital master; New interview; Documentary on the making of the film; Trailer; Essay.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, wide screen (2.39:1 aspect ratio); 5.1 Dolby Digital; surround.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Nicolás Wong Díaz; editing, Gustavo Matheu, Jayro Bustamante; music, Pascual Reyes.
Corporate Authors
Guatemala. Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte (production company), Casa de Producción (Firm), Films du Volcan
Other Authors
Jayro Bustamante (screenwriter), Lisandro Sanchez (film producer), Gustavo Matheu (actor), Georges Renand, Marina Peralta, María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina de la Hoz, Margarita Kénefic, María Telón