Winner of the New Perspectives award at last year’s Berlinale, Bustamante’s visually trippy and powerfully political debut follows an indigenous Guatemalan woman and her young daughter María as they struggle to make ends meet in a micro-farming community at the foot of an active volcano. The farm’s foreman has arranged to be María’s husband, but the young woman’s burgeoning sexuality has other ideas. Desire and ritual play out on black volcanic rock as exploitation looms: nothing remains dormant for long.
Ixcanul | Directed by Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala, France 2015) with María Mercedes Coroy. Starts March 31.