RLJE Films is set to unleash the politically charged Golden Globe nominated horror film La Llorona this March.
La Llorona blends together the terror of both myth and reality into a devastating exposé of the genocidal atrocities against the Mayan community in Guatemala. Through a modern retelling of the classic Latin American legend, La Llorona forces a reckoning with not-so-distant crimes that should not have ever have been forgotten.
The story centers on indignant retired general Enrique who finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house – his haute wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter – weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths behind being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flee, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young indigenous maid arrives.
The film marks the third feature from iconic Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante (Tremors), who co-wrote the film with Lisandro Sánchez. María Mercedes Coroy (Ixcanul), Margarita Kenéfic (Aro Tolbukhin in the Mind of a Killer), Sabrina de la Hoz (Tremors), and Julio Diaz star.
It has already racked up a long list of awards including being recently nominated for the Golden Globe Awards in the categories of Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language, and is Guatemala’s Official Entry for 2021 Academy Award® consideration for Best International Feature Film. Shown at TIFF, Sundance, and BFI, it is celebrated as a depiction of Latino culture.
La Llorona has been watched by viewers around the world on Shudder, now it is coming to Digital HD on March 2, 2021, from RLJE Films.