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 fireworks makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for 10 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 simply 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. Edited by Affonso Gonçalves and scored by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the creative team behind BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.
“Indulging in an annual pretend reminder of war seems like something that should be a very First World privilege, but life and cinema have both proven that everyone loves explosions. BRIMSTONE & GLORY, in a lean 67 minutes of cinematic poetry, bears that love out in dizzying extremes.” —Emily Yoshida, Vulture
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