Asturias's novel was set at the turn of the twentieth century, and loosely based on the regime of the Guatemalan dictator, Manuel Estrada Cabrera.
But this film is made by RCTV, the same television channel whose license was not renewed by Hugo Chávez, amid much international controversy. (Here are two takes on the issue: from The Washington Post and from venezuelanalysis.com.) I wonder if they have anything in mind as they release this adaptation of the classic novel by the Guatemalan Nobel laureate?
See also Anna Marie de la Fuente's "Network Tries Topical Title", from Variety.