The Untamed

Mexican director Amat Escalate, who won the Cannes Best Director honors for his previous film, ‘Heli,’ explores misogyny and homophobia in his latest feature, which has a sci-fi twist.

Synopsis

Young mother Alejandra is a working housewife, raising two boys with husband Angel in a small town. Her brother Fabian works as a nurse in a local hospital. Their provincial lives are upset with the arrival of mysterious Veronica. Sex and love can be fragile in certain regions where strong family values, hypocrisy, homophobia, and male chauvinism exist. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby woods, inside an isolated cabin, dwells something not of this world that could be the answer to all of their problems. Something whose force they cannot resist and with whom they must make peace or suffer its wrath.

Awards

  • 73rd Venice Int’l Film Festival : Silver Lion for the best director

Director

Filmography

Cast

Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Edén Vilavivencio, Kenny Johnston

Crew

Script: Amat Escalante
Cinematography: Manuel Alberto Claro
Editing: Fernanda De la Peza
Mix: Sergio Diaz
Producers: Jaime Romandia, Maria Ekerhovd, Michael Weber
Production companies: Mantarraya Producciones (Mexico) in co-production with Mer Film (DK),  Match factory productions (DE), Bord Cadre films (CH)
Associate Producers: Jamal Zeinal Zade, Jim Stark, Dan Wechsler

Technical Data

Format: 1.66: 1 / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 100′
Released: 2016
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, German

 

Original title: La región salvage