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 and Glory' honours the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself.
Dir. Viktor Jakovleski - 67min - 2017 - Mexico, USA - Language: Spanish - Subtitles: English
Edited by Affonso Gonçalves and scored by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the creative team of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'.
"Life and cinema have both proven that everyone loves explosions. Brimstone and Glory, in a lean 67 minutes of cinematic poetry, bears that love out in dizzying extremes." Vulture