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Ixcanul (Volcano)

October 3rd, ACMI CINEMAS, 6:30 pm.

A dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel-speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano.

WINNER - Silver Bear Prize, Berlin Film Festival, 2015.

IXCANUL (Volcano)

Contains unsimulated animal-slaughter sequences and a sex scene


María is a 17-year-old Kaqchikel Maya who works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the shadow of the eponymous volcano.

She is set to be married to the farm’s foreman, a loveless match that will at least protect the livelihood of her parents.

But María is secretly working on other plans that will take her away from traditional life – and towards a startling contradiction of the natural order as she understands it.

Director: Jayro Bustamante
Country: Guatemalan co-production
Year: 2015
Duration: 91 mins
Classification: 18+
Kaqchikel/Spanish with English subtitles