Death at the Festival

Film Info

Film Year: 2017

Film Duration: 114 Pages min

Country: Guatemala

Language: English, Spanish


JuanMa Calderon

Film Category

Best Screenplay


“Death in the Festival” is a comedy of suspense that takes places behind-the-scenes of a film festival in a small banana republic, where a mysterious murder has occurred. The victim, Marcial Tapia, is a famous film critic, and his death is initially blamed on Juan Ledesma, a clueless first-time film director that has the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong moment. However, there are many suspects that would have liked to see the famous critic Tapia dead, including Tino Paredes – another film critic and enemy since their school days, Sara Wall – the unbalanced Colombian actress, Enrico Muro – the director who feels slighted by Tapia, and even Abelardo Maza – the film festival director who has used the festival as a smokescreen to divert attention from a massive government laundering scheme. The crime is finally solved by the infamous actress Angela Narvaez who played the detective in an 90’s TV series called “Murder on the Run”, invited as the guest of honor at the Festival. Despite her being an actress and not a real detective, she accepts the challenge of resolving the case, pressured by the tabloid press controlled by the government. The film is a who-done-it thriller where all of the festival guests are suspects, creating a tense and comedic situation of the world of film festivals. The film also addresses the current state of Latin American films, and is an auto-critique of a world which is widely unknown.