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“Water Is the Source of Life, Cleansing Element, Purifier, Serene”: Jayro Bustamante | La Llorona

María Mercedes Coroy and Mara Teln appear in La Llorona by Jayro Bustamante (courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell?

The water. It was important to have it in every set represented in different forms. Water is the source of life, cleansing element, purifier, serene. It has the power to infiltrate inside sets, inside characters themselves. For us, its use completely differs from the one in the original legend, an element of death, where La Llorona drowns her children. 

Sundance Responses 2020

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