Jayro Bustamante – Tremors #Berlinale2019

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Through the story told by a stranger to a powerful film: this is the process that created Tremors, as the director tells us.

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PODCAST| Angelo Acerbi interviews Jayro Bustamante, director of the film Tremors.

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Jayro Bustamante met a man who had a story that he used as inspiration for Tremors. He was touched and intrigued at the same time by it; while researching for the film, he was susprised even more by the number of men in the same situation he found in his country. This is where Tremors comes from, and what gives it power and intensity.

Tremors: When Pablo arrives at his family’s house outside Guatemala City, everyone is already waiting tensely for this beloved brother, son and husband to appear. Everyone at the clan’s villa is horrified: Pablo has fallen in love with another man, Francisco. In doing so, he is calling into question all the values by which this deeply religious evangelical family lives. In spite of resistance from his relatives, Pablo moves in with Francisco, who is closely linked to the city’s subculture and leads a completely different, liberated existence. Pablo loses his old home, but somehow never really settles in the new one. His wish to unite the two worlds turns out to be a dead end. Putting their faith before everything else, his relatives are adamant that Pablo can be ‘healed’. With help from their ultra-religious community, the family does everything in its power to get their prodigal son back on track, no matter the cost. In his very personal second film, Jayro Bustamante makes use of a consistently direct cinematic style to describe one individual’s bid to break away and find their identity and a sense of belonging. In a deeply repressive society God loves the sinner, but not the sin itself.

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    Angelo Acerbi
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    Jayro Bustamante
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