Tremors (Marquee Presentation: Jayro Bustamante)
North American Premiere
Country: France, Guatemala
Original Title: Temblores
Running Time: 107min
Film Year: 2019
Category: HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award, Marquee Series
In Guatemala City, the very ground the city is built on is fragile and unreliable for its people. It shakes and destroys at will, often with catastrophic results. Under these circumstances, Guatemalans hold strongly onto their faith, the only stable thing they have ever known. Pablo is no different, a good Catholic man who has visited church all his life and is faithful to his wife Isa and their two beautiful children. But when he meets Francisco, immediately falls for him, a sin in the eyes of his church and his family. As Pablo battles his own internalized homophobia, he has to deal with his surroundings’ disgust at this discovery, too: he loses his job, the right to see his children, the support of his community. Encouraged by Isa and their Pastor, he starts attending conversion therapy, and soon enough, everything seems to be going back to normal — that is, until the ground starts trembling again.
Following his award-winning tour-de-force Ixcanul, director Jayro Bustamante sets his sights on his native Guatemala once again to weave a delicate tale of deep-seated hatred and unwavering faith, where love is rejected and disowned if it doesn’t obey the laws of the church. A man risks losing his world to find himself, temblors much stronger than the ones in the ground threatening to turn his life and his faith to crumbles.
Director: Jayro Bustamante
Producer: Edgard Tenembaum, Pilar Peredo, Jayro Bustamante, Gérard Lacroix, Alexandra Mallet-Guy, Olivier Père, Nicolas Steil
Screenwriter: Jayro Bustamante
Executive Producer: Gustavo Matheu
Production Company: Tu Vas Voir, La Casa de Producción, Memento Films, Iris Productions, ARTE France Cinéma
Cinematographer: Luis Armando Arteaga
Editor: Cesar Diaz