Jayro Bustamante

France, Guatemala, Luxembourg, 2019 / 90 min / Spanish OV with French & Dutch subt. (ES OV with FR & NL subt.) / Drama

Luxembourgish Premiere

A family and the church collude to “cure” a man’s forbidden love.

Pablo is a 40-year-old married father of two wonderful children living in Guatemala City. A role model and a practicing evangelical Christian, his “perfect” traditional life begins to crack when he falls in love with another man and comes out. Conflicted by his feelings and his faith, Pablo’s life becomes a repressive hell when his family and his church decide to do whatever it takes to “cure him”, forcing Pablo to suppress his urges through therapy that drills one belief into him: God may like the sinner, but hates sin.


Sun 17/03 16:30 Ciné Utopia ES OV FR & NL SUBT. Public
Cast & Credits
Juan Pablo Olyslager, Maria Telón, Diane Bathen, Marucio Armas, Pedro Javier Silva Lira
Jayro Bustamante
Luis Armando Arteaga
Gilles Benardeau
Pilar Peredo
Pascual Reyes
Tu Vas Voir, La Casa De Producción, Iris Productions, Memento Films, ARTE France Cinéma
Film Factory Entertainment

Born in 1977, Jayro Bustamante is a Guatemalan film director and screenwriter. After studying communication at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, he worked for Ogilvy & Mather directing commercials. He went on to study directing at the Conservatoire libre du cinéma français in Paris and screenwriting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. In 2009, Bustamante co-founded the production company La Casa de Producción in Panajachel, Guatemala, which has produced most of his films so far. His debut feature Ixcanul (2015) won 52 awards on the international festival circuit and was selected as the second ever Guatemalan entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It was the first Guatemalan film to screen in the Berlinale’s official competition. Bustamante was on the jury for the Best First Feature Award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in 2017. Tremors (2019) is his second feature.

  • 2019 – Temblores
  • 2015 – Ixcanul
  • 2012 – Cuando sea grande (short)
  • 2006 – Tout est question de fringues (short)