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Wild Tales

Damián Szifrón
Relatos salvajes
Argentina, Spain 2014 / 122’

Social inequality, feelings of injustice, and the constant need to take on the challenges of the modern world are a source of stress and depression in a lot of people. It should come as no surprise that some people end up exploding. This is precisely what this film is about, showing how thin the line is that separates civilized rebellion from madness. Wild Tales is a story about how people explode in moments of weakness, about nervous breakdowns, moments of crisis, and revenge. In the event of a plane crash, passengers discover that it was no accident that they were on board. An ordinary trip by car turns into a macabre chase. The unexpected return of one’s torturers from the past provides an opportunity to compensate for the harm done. A child’s tragic mistake forces his parents to protect him from punishment. Powerlessness in the face of bureaucratic absurdity results in a wild reaction. A bride betrayed at her wedding decides to take revenge on the groom. Wild Tales is a daring comedy with a large dose of black humor and social reflection.

Katarzyna Wolanin

Damián Szifrón

Damián Szifron was born in 1975 in Ramos Mejía, Argentina. He completed his film studies at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. In 2002-2003, he contributed to two seasons of the award-winning series Los Simuladores. His first film, The Bottom of the Sea, received a number of honors, including in Mar del Plata and in San Sebastian. His subsequent feature-length films and television productions have also had a lot of success. Wild Tales competed in the main competition at Cannes in 2014.

Selected filmography

2003 Na dnie morza / El fondo del mar / Bottom of the Sea

2005 Tiempo de valientes

2014 Szalone historie / Relatos salvajes / Wild Tales

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Cast & Crew

director Damián Szifrón
screenplay Damián Szifrón
cinematography Javier Julia
editing Damián Szifrón, Pablo Barbieri
music Gustavo Santaolalla
cast Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martinez, Darío Grandinetti, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Érica Rivas, Leonardo Sbaraglia
producer Pedro Almodóvar, Augustín Almodóvar, Matias Mosteirin
production El Deseo S.A., Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA), Kramer & Sigman Films, Televisión Federal (Telefe)
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language Spanish
colouration colour