Kino Lorber Acquires Rights to Bustamante’s Drama “Ixcanul”

Jayro Bustamante’s critically acclaimed project is headed north of the border…

Kino Lober has picked up the North American rights to the Guatemalan director’s drama Ixcanul from Film Factory Entertainment, who are selling the title worldwide.

Jayro Bustamante

The feature debut from Bustamente, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where it won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer prize. It screens in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery sidebar on Wednesday, September 16.

The dream-like drama focuses on two Mayan lovers living on a coffee plantation on the foothills of an active volcano who flee their homes for the United States.


Ixcanul is Guatemala’s official entry for the 2016 best foreign-language film Oscar, the first-ever submission from the country.

Kino Lober plans a limited theatrical release for Ixcanul in 2016 followed by a video on demand and DVD roll-out.