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. »
The Hollywood Reporter


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.


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


Script: Amat Escalante & Gibrán Portela
Cinematography: Manuel Alberto Claro
Editing: Fernanda de la Peza & Jacob Secher Schulsinger
Sound Design: Sergio Diaz, Vincent Arnadi & Rául Locatelli
Music: Guro Moe, Lasse Marhaug & Martín Escalante
Producers: Jaime Romandía, Fernanda de la Peza & Amat Escalante
Co-producers: Katrin Pors, Katja Adomeit, Jean Labadie, Michael Weber & Maria Ekerhovd
Associate Producers: Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Jim Stark
Production: Mantarraya Producciones (MX)
Co-production: Mer Film (DK),  Match factory productions (DE), Bord Cadre films (CH)

Technical Data

Format: 1.66: 1 / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 98′
Released: 2016
Language: Spanish, English
Subtitles: English, French, German


Original title: La región salvage