Thu 6 June // 19:30 / Cinema
This original Guatemalan feature film shows the improbable pairing of a traditional marimba player and a heavy metal band. Don Alfonso plays the marimba, the national instrument of Guatemala, but finds himself in some trouble and his music in less and less demand. Turning to his godson Chiquilin for help they join with Blacko, a heavy metal idol. Bringing marimba and heavy metal together they unite for an original and improbable sound in their band Marimbas del Infierno (Marimbas from Hell), a combination never before imagined.
(Spanish with English subtitles)
“Marimbas from Hell is a brilliant and absurd comedy however you look at it, funny and moving at the same time, whose centerpiece is an excellent excuse to create a fun and original story… this notable film from Guatemala is one of the best Latin American comedies in a long time, a true gem that should not be missed.” – Diego Lerer, CLARIN
“This largely comic look at one determined marimba player’s struggles is a clear allegory on the dangers Guatemalan artists face when thinking outside the box.” – Robert Koehler , VARIETY
“…a film with a tone that at times brings to mind Aki Kaurismäki and Jim Jarmusch, although, of course, with a recognizable and fascinating Central American imprint. One of the most award-winning Latin American films in recent times.” – Diego Batlle, OTROS CINES
“A little surprise for those who search for authentic Latin American cinema.” – Isabel Croce, DIARIO LA PRENSA