BRIMSTONE & GLORY (Pólvora y Gloria)

First show: November 03

Ritual, danger and the absolute beauty of fireworks — the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico.

“Mixing sheer spectacle with human-interest threads, Viktor Jakovleski’s first directorial feature is a poetical, entrancing documentary.” —Dennis Harvey, Variety

Brimstone & Glory is community as catharsis, and you can’t stop staring in stupefied astonishment.” —Tim Grierson, Paste Magazine

“Burning Man has nothing on Tultepec’s charging toritos and exploding castillos. Mexico’s weeklong National Pyrotechnic Festival may sound like a relatively tame event, but it is in fact sheer unbridled madness. Local craftspeople build and climb rickety multistory, carnivalesque “castles” that light up, spin, explode, and threaten to fall at any moment. Meanwhile, another day’s “running of the bulls” has crowds dodging fireworks that shoot from the papier-mâché bulls’ mouths and backsides, and for some, the day ends with the salving of third-degree burns in nearby medical facilities. Scars that locals take away are earned with pleasure, it is said, though this dynamic documentary keeps explanation to a minimum while maximizing the experience through GoPro camera POVs and gorgeous abstractions of colorful explosions. Director Viktor Jakovleski captures and BEASTS ON THE SOUTHERN WILD director Benh Zeitlin brilliantly scores a playful dance with death for those of us who are happy to witness it from a safe distance.” —Susan Gerhard, SFFilm Festival.

Directed by Viktor Jakovleski. 67 min. Mexico/USA. 2017. DCP. With English subtitles.

Aunque cada año las noticias reportan algún accidente de dimensiones trágicas relacionado con los fuegos pirotécnicos, la Feria Nacional de la Pirotecnia Tultepec sigue siendo un espectáculo de ritual y peligro atractivo para locales y turistas.


Co-Presented by Cine+ Mas SF Latino Film Festival and RoxCine


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