The Untamed

A creature of another world unleashes people's base sexual impulses in this imaginative meld of social realism and erotic sci-fi which won the Venice Silver Lion for Best Director.

Following on from his harrowing 2013 crime drama Heli, which won Best Director at Cannes, the talented Amat Escalante has changed tack completely in this unique, category-defying film. At its centre is young mother Alejandra, who is raising two boys with her boorish husband Angel. All is not well with this family, but the arrival of the mysterious Veronica brings promise of a solution to all their problems: in an isolated cabin there is something not of this world, something irresistible that's able to provide both matchless pleasure and devastating pain. Filled with indelible images, and with Escalante brilliantly in control of every moment, The Untamed is provocative and singular.

A deeply strange story of orgasmic frenzies and family dysfunction. – Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

This unarguably disturbing and compelling cinematic UFO has cult potential in the same way as other sexually charged essays in the uncanny, notably Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin and Andrzej Zulawski's notorious tentacle-laden 1981 film Possession, with which it shares a distinctive creepiness… [A] ferociously individual, highly intelligent piece and a superb, very affecting cast ensure that the human factor remains dominant, however creepily inhuman things may become at times. – Jonathan Romney, Screen International

AMAT ESCALANTE is a Mexican director, producer and screenwriter who studied in Spain and Cuba. His crime thriller Heli won the Best Director prize at Cannes in 2013. His first short film Amarrados (2002) was award-winning at Berlin in 2003. The Untamed is his fourth feature film and won the Silver Lion for best director at the Venice Film Festival last year.

Festival guest: Amat Escalante


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Amat Escalante

Mexico, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland

98 mins

Spanish with English subtitles

La Región Salvaje

R18+

2016

Amat Escalante, Gibrán Portela

Jaime Romandía, Fernanda de la Peza, Amat Escalante

Manuel Alberto Claro

Fernanda de la Peza, Jacob Secher Schulsinger

Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza

Distributor: Madman Entertainment