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Temblores (Tremors) by Jayro Bustamante
Temblores (Tremors) by Jayro Bustamante

The Guatemalan film Tremors (Temblores) by Jayro Bustamante which recently won the Grand Jury Prize at NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival will be released in the U.S. by Film Movement.

Tremors (Temblores) opens on Friday, November 29 at the Quad Cinema in New York City and at the Coral Gables Art Cinema in Miami, and on Friday, December 6 at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles and the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco, followed by other U.S. cities including Chicago and Washington D.C.

In this deeply personal follow-up to his landmark debut Ixcanul, director Bustamante shifts his focus from rural Guatemala to Guatemala City, but once again sets his sights on an individual caught between two seemingly irreconcilable worlds.

When handsome and charismatic Pablo (Juan Pablo Olyslager) arrives at his affluent family’s house everyone is eagerly awaiting the return of their beloved son, devoted father and caring husband. A seemingly exemplary pillar of Guatemala City’s Evangelical Christian community, Pablo’s announcement that he intends to leave his wife for another man sends shock waves through the family.

As Pablo tries to acclimate to his new life in the city’s gay subculture with the liberated Francisco, his ultra-religious family does everything in its power to get their prodigal son back on track, no matter the cost.


Tremors (Temblores) stars Juan Pablo Olyslager, Mauricio Armas Zebadúa, Diane Bathen, Maria Telón, Sabrina De La Hoz, Rui Frati, Magnolia Morales, Sergio Luna, Pablo Arenales, Maria Martinez.

Born in 1977 in Guatemala, director Jayro Bustamante’s professional endeavors as a director began in advertising, working for Ogilvy & Mather. He later moved to Paris to continue his studies in Film Direction at the CLCF (Conservatoire Libre de Cinéma Français), and on screenwriting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografía in Rome. Upon returning to Guatemala, he created his own production company: La Casa de Producción. With it, he produced his short films and his 2015 debut feature, Ixcanul, which won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlinale, and more than sixty awards at international festivals. After Tremors (Temblores), he recently premiered his third feature film, La Llorona, at Venice Days, followed by the Toronto and San Sebastian film festivals.

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