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Ixcanul poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byJayro Bustamante
Written byJayro Bustamante
StarringMaria Mercedes Coroy
Maria Telon
Edited byCésar Díaz
Release date
  • 7 February 2015 (2015-02-07) (Berlin)
  • 25 November 2015 (2015-11-25) (France)
Running time
100 minutes

Ixcanul (Kaqchikel for "volcano") is a 2015 Guatemalan drama film, a debut written and directed by Jayro Bustamante. It was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival[1] where it won the Alfred Bauer Prize.[2] The film was selected as the Guatemalan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but was not nominated.[3] It is the first film produced in the Kaqchikel language of the Mayan family.[4]


  • María Mercedes Coroy as Maria
  • María Telón as Juana
  • Marvin Coroy as El Pepe
  • Manuel Manuel Antún as Manuel
  • Justo Lorenzo as Ignacio


The film is set in a village built on the slopes of a volcano, where Maria and her parents cultivate coffee. She has been promised to the foreman of the plantation in an arranged marriage, but Maria is involved with a young man who wants to emigrate to the United States.


It has a largely non-professional cast. "Shot luminously by Luis Armando Arteaga, each frame holds steady on its subject, inviting the audience to calmly observe the daily routines and customs of its subjects in saturated colors that seem almost to glow."[4]

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  1. ^ "Berlinale 2015: Malick, Dresen, Greenaway and German in Competition". Berlinale. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Prizes of the International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  3. ^ Hopewell, John (27 August 2015). "'Ixcanul (Volcano)' Chosen as Guatemala's First Ever Academy Awards Entry". Variety. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ixcanu, Roger Ebert website

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