Marimbas From Hell

dir. Julio Hernández Cordón



Ficción, 75 min.
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Sinopsis

Don Alfonso was blackmailed. He is suspicious of his neighbours, his band mates, and of the gans. He thinks that, in any moment, they may harm his family and his marimba. As a result of this, he hides his daughter and wife and runs away with his marimba. In that moment, another catastrophic ocurrance happens: he loses his job. In a moment of contemplation, he decides to merge the marimba, a typical guatemalan instrument, with heavy metal. To do so, he goes to Chiquilín, his godson, a troubled kid who is adicted to inhaling substances. Blacko, a medic, was a satanist at some point in his life, later became a cristian and now professes a religion closer to juadaism. Blacko also cannot find the adecuate spaces to practice what he loves the most: heavy metal. Don Alfonso, Chiquilón and Blacko live in a suffocating Guatemala. The three of them accept their peculiarites and form Las marimbas del infierno.

Melindrosa films (Guatemala) and Les film du Requin (Francia) in co-production with Códice Cinema (Guatemala) and Axolote Cine (México) present Alfonso Tunche, Roberto “Blacko“ González and Víctor Hugo Monterroso in Marimbas From Hell. Written y directed by Julio Hernández Cordón. Executive Production / Julio Hernández Cordón, Pamela Guinea, Cyriac Auriol Cinematography / María Secco Cinematographer Assitant / Carlos “Loco“ González Sound / Antoine Brochu Sound Assitant / Ameno Córdova Editing / Lenz Claure Production Assitant / Pedro Móvil y Andrea Abularach.

Julio Hernández Cordón

North Carolina, 1975 is a filmmaker. He studied teaching comunication in 2000 and later studied filmmaking at CCC in Mexico. After several shortfilms, he directed the feature films Gasolina (2008), that received many awards, which include best latinamerican movie in Horizons Film Festival and (2012), which received a grant from the Cinèfondation residency of Cannes. In 2015, his feature film I Promise You Anarcy was premiered at Lorcano Film Festival, where it compited for the Pardo d'Oro as the only latinamerican film. At Morelia Film Fest he won the Premio Guerrero for best Mexican movies as well as a special mention from the jury. His latest films Atràs hay relámpagos (2017) and Compráme un revólver, the latter premiering at the 50th Director's Fortnight in Cannes.

Filmografia

  • Gasolina (2008)
  • Polvo (2012)
  • Te Prometo Anarquía (2015)
  • Atrás Hay Relámpagos (2017)
  • Cómprame un revolver (2018)


Festivales y Premios

  • 2010 Festival de Cine de Torino: Premio Ciputti y Premio del jurado
  • 2010 Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia: Premio del jurado y premio del público
  • 2010 Festival Ícaro: Premio mejor película Centroamericana
    mejor director
    mejor actor
    mejor sonido
  • 2010 Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia: Premio a mejor largometraje
  • 2011 Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Buenos Aires: Mención especial
  • 2011 Festival Internacional de Cine de Friburgo: Premio Talent Tape
  • 2011 Festival de Cine de Miami: Premio Grand Jury

Notas

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«La cinta, que de forma explícita rinde homenaje a las empresas imposibles que tienen lugar en Guatemala, presenta como telón de fondo la desalentadora situación social de aquél país, donde la pobreza, la violencia generada por las pandillas y la marginación creciente de amplios sectores de la población, han obligado a personas comunes a tomar caminos ilusorios».
— Gustavo E. Ramírez Carrasco: Animal Político

«El filme está dedicado a todos aquellos que se empeñan en lograr empresas imposibles en Guatemala. Una cosas queda clara en Las marimbas del infierno: la sensación de impotencia entre sus habitantes, que se mueven de un lado a otro a medio despertar. Perder parece inevitable, pero hay quienes se empeñan en intentar lo imposible».
— Sofía Ochoa Rodríguez: EnFilme

«El gran mérito de Las Marimbas del Infierno es la originalidad. Lo que en principio empezó como un documental sobre Don Alfonso, mensajero que se dedica a tocar la marimba, terminó en una historia de ficción, actuada por personas reales, filmada cual si fuera un mockumentary».
— Alejandro Alemán: Chilango

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