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‘La Llorona’ is most nominated film at 2021 Imagen Awards

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Accused of the genocide of Mayan people, retired general Enrique is trapped in his home by massive protests. Abandoned by his staff, the indignant old man and his family must face the devastating truth of his actions and the growing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes.

Cast: María Mercedes Coroy, Margarita Kenéfic, Sabrina de la Hoz, Julio Díaz

The nominations for the upcoming 36th annual Imagen Awards, which honors Latino talent in film, TV, and on streaming platforms, features the 2019 Guatemalan horror film La Llorona as its most nominated film, with nominations in all four of motion pictures categories.  La Llorona also made history earlier this year for being shortlisted for the country’s first Golden Globe nomination.

Feature film nominations for La Llorona include:

Best Feature Film Best Director – Jayro Bustamante
Best Actor – Julio Díaz
Best Actress – María Mercedes Coroy
Best Actress – Margarita Kenéfic

La Llorona incorporates the classic Latin American folk story with tragic Guatemalan history. Enrique Monteverde, an elderly former Guatemalan dictator, is being tried for orchestrating an unspeakably savage genocide of native Mayans. When Enrique’s verdict is overturned due to guilt not being conclusively proven, the horrified public hold continuous protests outside of his home. As Enrique and his family live imprisoned by protestors in their home, supernatural activities around water, horrific visions, and the sound of a woman weeping haunt the family, with devastating results.

Enrique is based on Jose Efraín Ríos Montt, a military officer and politician who was de facto President of Guatemala from 1982-1983. This was one of the bloodiest periods of the Guatemalan Civil War of 1960-1996. It contained numerous crimes against humanity, including the Guatemalan genocide, also known as the Maya genocide and the Silent Holocaust, in which the Guatemalan Military Government targeted the indigenous Mayas people.

Other nominated horror programs and talents in television, include:

Best Supporting Actor (Drama): Rubén Blades, Fear the Walking Dead
Best Supporting Actress (Drama): Paola Lázaro, The Walking Dead / Morena Baccarin, The Twilight Zone
Best Supporting Actor (Comedy): Harvey Guillén, What We Do in the Shadows
Best Young Actor: Isla Sunar, Two Sentence Horror Stories

The Imagen Awards ceremony will stream on Sunday, October 10, at 5 p.m. PST on PBSSoCal.org and KCET.org

La Llorona is now streaming on Shudder.com

Justina Bonilla
Justina is a Mexican-American freelance writer and journalist based in Orange County, CA. She has written for a number of publications. Currently, she is also a contributing writer for Latin Heat Entertainment. In her spare time, she volunteers as a film blog writer for the non-profit arthouse cinema, The Frida Cinema, in Santa Ana, CA. Her areas of expertise include retro pop-culture (film, music, and television), Golden Age of Hollywood, cult-films, classic horror films, Latino American cinema, Latin horror films, and the history of American rock ‘n’ roll.

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