Gunpowder Heart

Camila Urrutia

Guatemala - Spain, 2020 - 88'

Claudia and Maria have fallen in love. They live in the city of Guatemala, a city full of stories related to abuse, unforgiving police officers and charming secret corners. Everything changes one night when they are attacked by three men. They manage to escape but they now have to choose if they want revenge.


Claudia and Maria (22), roam the streets of the city of Guatemala. Claudia works at a call centre and is uninterested in the world around her. She lives with her activist grandfather, who tries to persuade her to join his cause. Maria unlike Claudia, is more spontaneous and lives with her mother in the outskirts of the city. The chaotic streets are filled with common stories of abuse, unforgiving police officers, and charming secret corners. Everything changes one night when they are attacked by three men. Although they manage to escape, Claudia is faced with the dilemma of choosing revenge or listening to her grandfather’s advice.

Full Cast and Crew

Director: Camila Urrutia
Writers: Camila Urrutia
Producer: Inés Nofuentes
Film Editing: Izabel Acevedo, Inés Nofuentes, Delia Márquez
Cinematography: Paolo Girón
Cast: Andrea Henry, Vanessa Hernández, Mauricio González, Danilo Cardona, Magdalena Álvarez
Music: Paloma Peñarrubia
Sound: José Tomé
Andrea Jaurrieta

Camila Urrutia

Camila was born in Guatemala City in 1979. When she turned two her family took exile in Mexico. She lived in Mexico for eight years before returning home. She obtained her B.F.A in Film from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. In 2005 she received a scholarship to study a masters in Film Studies at the Sorbonne, Paris. She finally established herself in Guatemala, working in film production. She directed short documentaries about women in the social movement and empowered rape survivors in conflict. (Actoras de Cambio, We are all Barrilas and Women healing life). She also directed three fiction shorts about the misadventures of young women in the city. Cine de Lux, The little Notebook, and More Poetry and Less Policing. All of the protagonists were queer women in conflict.

Simultaneously, wanting to know more about acting, she got involved in theatre as an actress. She is now part of “Siluetas” a feminist theatre collective. Since 2011 they create political plays written and directed by all members. They are the authors of Out and Dissidents are their latest plays. They have toured in Mexico, Central America and Colombia.

Pólvora en el Corazón (Gunpowder Heart) is her first feature film and has received the support of labs and coproduction meetings in Guadalajara Film Festival, Cinergia, Ibermedia, Festival de Cine Mar del Plata.