La región salvaje

  • 100'
  • Mexico
  • 2016
After a meteorite strike, inhuman lust overcomes a woman on a bare matress in a remote shack in Guanajuato, Mexico – home of director Amat Escalante (whose father Oscar has a supporting role). Escalante, who won Best Director at Cannes for Heli (2013), won in Venice this time around. And just like Heli with its harrowing torture scenes, La région salvaje or The Untamed (in English) explicitly depicts dark issues.
Dedicated to Polish director Andrzej Żuławski who died in 2016 and whose Possession (1981) was an inspiration, the film contrasts the fantasy aspect (living out repressed sexual desires) with a soap-like family drama and homophobia in Mexico’s macho society. The horror is heightened by slow zooms, eerie noises and the dark imagery captured by cameraman Manuel Alberto Claro, who previously worked with Lars von Trier.
Director
Amat Escalante
Countries of production
Mexico, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
100'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Untamed
Language
Spanish
Producer
Jaime Romandía / Mantarraya Producciones
Production Company
Mantarraya Producciones
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Amat Escalante, Gibrán Portela
Cinematography
Manuel Alberto Claro
Editor
Fernanda de la Peza, Jacob Secher Schulsinger
Production Design
Daniela Schneider
Sound Design
Sergio Diaz
Music
Guro Moe, Masse Marhaug, Martin Escalante
Cast
Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Edén Villavicencio, Kenny Johnston
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands