From the creative team behind Beasts of the Southern Wild comes the astonishing, explosive, ecstatic documentary, Brimstone & Glory. The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of extravagant festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days.
“Unlike anything I’ve ever seen … nothing short of jaw-dropping in scope and thrills.” – Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene
Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lo-fi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of crafting fireworks by hand. For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headfirst into the fire, the stunningly photographed Brimstone & Glory places viewers in the middle of all the exuberant action, creating a sense of palpable danger and indescribable awe. A true cinematic experience that must be seen on the big screen, Brimstone & Glory honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself. (Dir. by Viktor Jakovleski, 2017, Mexico/USA, in Spanish with English subtitles, 67 mins., Not Rated)