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Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trail for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house - his haught wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter - weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths behind being publicily revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young indiginous maid arrives. 

A tale of horror and magical realism, the film reimagines the iconic Latin American fable as an urgent metaphor of Guatemala’s recent history and tears open the country’s unhealed political wounds to grieve a seldom discussed crime against humanity. LA LLORONA marks Bustamante’s third feature and demonstrates his continued efforts to highlight social inequality in his native Guatemala following his previous titles TEMBLORES (2019) and IXCANUL (2016). 

How to watch

  • The film will be available to watch Friday, January 15, 1pm until Sunday, January 17, 1pm via Eventive
  • RSVP beginning January 11, 1pm by clicking the button above and/or in the invite email
  • RSVP's must be received by 10:00am on January 15, 2021
  • The watch link will be sent at or shortly before 1:00pm PT on January 15 from noreply@eventive.org 
  • Conversation with director Jayro Bustamante will play immediately after the film
  • This screening WILL count toward your member screening allotments

Further details on how to watch on Eventive may be found here.

Event Details

Date: Jan 15 1:00 p.m. to Jan 17 - 1:00 p.m. Event Expired

Jayro Bustamante

Jayro Bustamante, director, filmmaker and Guatemalan screenwriter. In 2018 he was awarded by the Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, in France. Jayro in 2017 founded La Sala De Cine, which is a free cinema to watch amateur films, with the intention of creating a community around the seventh art, without the borders of social classes that affect society so much in Guatemala. In 2015, Jayro, with his opera IXCANUL, became a director by winning a Silver Bear at the Berlinale and more than 60 awards at international festivals. Ixcanul was the second film representative of Guatemala for the Oscar race and the first one for the Goldens Globes. In 2012 he worked giving stop-motion animation workshops at the Sorbone Université de Paris. Jayro in 2010 obtained the quality award of the CNC (National Film Center French) with his short film “Cuando Sea Grande”, premiered at the Clermont Ferrand festival and aired on France 3 TV, France, on Swedish television and Dutch. In 2009 Jayro founded his own independent film production company in Guatemala: La Casa De Producción, with which he has produced several projects, creating alliances of co-production between Guatemala and France.

He did his studies in advertising and social communication at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. His professional beginnings were in advertising, as director he made several commercials for the agency Ogilvy & Matter. Then he moved to Paris to continue his film studies, he trained as a filmmaker at the CLCF (Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français). He continued his studies as a screenwriter in Rome at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. After that short period in Italy he returned to France and decided to work between Paris and Guatemala.

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