On the slope of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old Maria by her Kaqchikel parents. Her suitor must first spend months working in the city – a world Maria knows nothing of, but is forced to navigate when problems arise.
Volcano is a spectacular, 2015 Guatemalan-French drama written and directed by Jayro Bustamante. It was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Alfred Bauer Prize, and has been nominated for and won a host of prestigious awards including the Audience Award at the AFI Fest, the Golden Gateway Award at the Mumbai Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Philadelphia Film Festival.
Volcano was also selected as the Guatemalan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but was not nominated.
This luminous first feature film from Jayro Bustamante has scenes of such tactile intimacy that the trust between the director and his mostly nonprofessional cast is unmistakable.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times.
A transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature.
Scott Foundas, Variety.
An impressive debut.
Mike D’Angelo, A.V. Club.
Volcano airs Wednesday 7 September 6.55pm on World Movies.