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Tremors (Temblores) – Jayro Bustamante

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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #66. Tremors (Temblores) – Jayro Bustamante

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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #66. Tremors (Temblores) – Jayro Bustamante

Tremors (Temblores)

Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante (under his label La Casa de Producción) reteams with France’s Tu Vas Voir and Spain’s Film Factory Entertainment for his sophomore film Tremors (Temblores), including producers Gerard Lacroix, De Jesus Peralta Orellana Marina, Nicolas Steil, Edgard Tenenbaum and co-producer Olivier Pere through Arte France Cinema (with France’s Memento Films and Luxembourg’s Iris Prods also on board). Leaving behind the rural isolation of 2015’s Ixcanul for the religious bigotry of the urban center in Guatemala City, Tremors stars Juan Pablo Olyslager, Maria Telon, Diane Bathan, Pedro Javier Silva Lira, and Mauricio Armas and features the cinematography of Luis Armando Arteaga (of Ixcanul and the 2018 Paraguayan hit The Heiresses). Bustamante’s 2015 debut Ixcanul was the first Guatemalan film to compete in the festival and was awarded the Alfred Bauer award and subsequently selected as the country’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language category for Academy Award consideration.

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Gist: Written by Bustamante, Tremors tells of Pablo, an evangelical Christian father of two who falls in love with another man. His wife, Isa, is determined to cure him of this ailment, approaching the help of his family and church to do so.

Release Date/Prediction: Bustamante was in post-production on Tremors in early 2018, and has already begun prepping his next feature. Tremors will receive its world premiere in the Panorama sidebar of the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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