Oscilloscope has released the poster for Viktor Jakovleski‘s upcoming documentary Brimstone & Glory, which takes a look at the The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. The film is produced and scored by Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s Benh Zeitlin, alongside the rest of the Court 13 crew. I’ll have a full review for this one up shortly, but I highly recommend checking it out as soon as you get a chance.
Brimstone & Glory opens in Los Angeles October 27th and New York November 22nd.
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of 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. 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 making fireworks by hand. For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire, BRIMSTONE & GLORY honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself.