Brimstone & Glory

Brimstone & Glory

Brimstone & Glory

The ritual, danger and the beauty of fireworks is on display here in this award-winning documentary that captures a Mexican city's annual pyrotechnic festival.

"Tultepec is what you might call an “explosive” Mexican city — over two-thirds of its residents manufacture fireworks. Each year, the town’s inhabitants cautiously begin the dangerous work of crafting handmade fireworks for the annual National Pyrotechnic Festival that attracts thousands of spectators ... Director Viktor Jakovleski uses GoPros and a flying drone that soar high above, abstracting and widening the vista of the festival and taking viewers on a magical cinematic journey through the sparks and flames that ignite the night skies." (Hot Docs Festival)

2017Rating: PG, Some scenes may disturb67 minsMexico, USASpanish with English subtitles
DocumentaryWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
Director:
Viktor Jakovleski (feature debut)

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Brimstone & Glory / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Brimstone & Glory is a highly-recommended, adrenaline-charged feast for the eyes set in Mexico’s fireworks capital Tultapec. Depicting the preparation for, and then immersively entering, the town’s mammoth, mental, annual pyrotechnics festival, this documentary is a bombardment of all the things that make fireworks so alluring: beauty, fear, excitement, and a sense of can-you-bloody-believe-it.

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Vulture

Vulture

In Brimstone, it's a manic, freewheeling moment, empowering to the young person holding the flames and foreshadowing the impossibly precarious explosions to come.

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Variety

Variety

Mixing sheer spectacle with modest but pleasing human-interest threads, Viktor Jakovleski's first directorial feature is a poetical, entrancing documentary that should delight niche viewers across many cultural borders.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The film ... has a wandering attention span and grows monotonous even at barely more than one hour.

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Stuff

Stuff

This is a dizzying, beautiful, awe-inspiring and deeply wonderful film. It has the power to turn grown adults into grinning, whooping kids.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

The heady mix of beauty and lunacy will have you giggling in amazement.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"Brimstone" is less successful as it edges toward an impressionistic immersion into fire and fiesta, but as you-are-there experiences go, it has energy to burn.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Viktor Jakovleski's sometimes rapturous Brimstone & Glory takes us to Tultepec for two annual rituals that celebrate this livelihood, reveling in their spectacle and observing the days leading up to them.

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