Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Ixcanul, which won the Silver Bear at Berlin for director Jayro Bustamante. Guatamala’s first official entry in the Foreign Language Oscar race, the film centers on Maria, a Mayan teenager who lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation on the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. Although she dreams of going to the “big city,” Maya’s condition as an indigenous woman does not permit her to change her destiny – and an arranged wedding is waiting for her. When a snake bite forces her to go out into the modern world, her life is saved — but at steep price.

The Guatemala/France co-production includes Edgard Tenembaum, who produced The Motorcycle Diaries. Kino Lorber will open Ixcanul in theaters next year, followed by a VOD and home video release in the fall.

“Besides putting director director Jayro Bustamante on the map as a talent to watch, the film’s access to a small sliver of Mayan culture in Guatemala is unlike any other film we’ve seen this year“We’re thrilled to release Ixcanul next year, after an amazing festival run in 2015,” Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber said.