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Dark Days

The culmination of the Mayan solar calendar ends with five days "out of time", days dedicated to self-observation, prayer and reflection, days in which the renewal of the solar cycle is expected.

San Juan Chamula, is a Chiapas municipality that is distinguished for having preserved pre-Hispanic customs and traditions, merged into a unique syncretism, due to the Spanish conquest. The resistance of the Chamula people has made this place a strange mystical and magical place in present-day Mexico.

"Modernity" and its tentacles of vice, corruption and crime plague the people of San Juan Chamula, embodied in characters who seek to benefit from the ingenuity of its inhabitants. Edgar, a chatty and ambitious merchant, arrives in town with the slogan of selling bale clothes, not caring to change the customs of his inhabitants. Domingo is looking for a way to take over the plaza to sell drugs and addict the youth. And Víctor, with a supposed doctor's degree, gives sex education workshops to the young women of the town, whom he seduces and deceives, for his white-trafficking business.

San Juan Chamula is in danger. Evil has come to town. Pedro, a young Chamula, is the only one who seems to realize the threat to which its inhabitants are exposed. Pedro, advised and warned by the priest of the church, will go through the epic drama of the "hero", in a strange initiatory experience, with elements of magical realism.

The lowest behaviors are exposed in this story, the characters are in constant temptation, the ideas of the new and the modern seduce some women of the town, victims of these evils and catalysts of them.

The wisdom and resilience of the Chamula people triumph in the end.

  • Francisco Laresgoiti
    Niebla de culpa
  • Miguel juan Bonilla Schnaas
  • Francisco Laresgoiti
  • Jordi Mariscal
  • Miguel juan Bonilla Schnaas
  • Juan pablo Caussin
  • Marius Biegai
    Key Cast
  • Gabriela Cartol
    Key Cast
  • Silverio Palacios
    Key Cast
  • Flor de María Pérez López
    Key Cast
  • José Andres Hernández Pérez
    Key Cast
  • Domingo Manuel González Gómez
    Key Cast
  • Himelda Sofía Hernández González
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Días Negros
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Other, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Hola Mexico Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 4, 2022
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival de Cine de Bogotá (Bogocine)
    October 22, 2022
    South American Premiere
    Oficial Selection
  • Feratum Film Festival
    November 11, 2022
    Best Mexican Feature Film Award
  • Central American Film Festival Vienna
    November 23, 2022
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Mérida y Yucatán
    Mérida, Yucatán
    December 9, 2022
    Mérida Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Tequila
    Tequila, Jalisco
    April 20, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Guayaquil International Film Festival
    August 29, 2023
    South American Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Francisco Laresgoiti

Director & Producer:
He studied Civil Engineering and Marketing at ITESM. Later he has worked professionally as film director and producer. In the year 2007 he founded La Casa del Cine in Mexico City, where he still works as General Manager. He has directed feature films as 2033, Mist of Guilt,  Aztech and Dark Days.

2021, Dark Days
2020, Aztech (Segment - Umbral)
2018, Mist of Guilt
2009, 2033

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Director Statement

Filming dark days was a complicated task due to COVID on March 2020, and because filming in San Juan Chamula has never been atempted before. The crew and staff suffered, but we got through with a one time amazing film