Jayro Bustamante

La Llorona

La Llorona

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 Maya 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 (María Mercedes Coroy). With a restraint that renders the film’s shocks all the more potent, Bustamante crafts a chilling vision of a nation reckoning with collective harms and the restless ghosts of a past that refuses to die.

Film Info

  • Guatemala
  • 2019
  • 96 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • Spanish, Ixil, Kaqchikel
  • Spine #1156

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 2K digital master, approved by director Jayro Bustamante, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Bustamante
  • Documentary on the making of the film featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by journalist and novelist Francisco Goldman

    New cover by João Ruas

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Oct 18, 2022

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 2K digital master, approved by director Jayro Bustamante, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Bustamante
  • Documentary on the making of the film featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by journalist and novelist Francisco Goldman

    New cover by João Ruas
La Llorona
Cast
María Mercedes Coroy
Alma
Margarita Kénefic
Carmen
Sabrina de la Hoz
Natalia
Julio Díaz
Enrique Monteverde
María Telón
Valeriana
Juan Pablo Olyslager
Letona
Ayla-Elea Hurtado
Sara
Credits
Director
Jayro Bustamante
Written by
Jayro Bustamante
Written by
Lisandro Sánchez
Produced by
Jayro Bustamante
Produced by
Gustavo Matheu
Produced by
Georges Renand
Produced by
Marina Peralta
Associate-produced by
Alejandro Colom
Associate-produced by
Didier Devers
Associate-produced by
Sophie Joos
Cinematography by
Nicolás Wong Díaz
Production design by
Sebastián Muñoz
Costume design by
Beatriz Lantán
Costume design by
Sofía Lantán
Hair and makeup
Aiko Sato
Sound by
Eduardo Cáceres
Sound by
Juan Pablo Huerta Estrada
Edited by
Jayro Bustamante
Edited by
Gustavo Matheu
Music supervisor
Herminio Gutiérrez