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Amat Escalante
La región salvaje
Mexico, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, France, Germany 2016 / 100’

Mexico embraced in tentacles of sex and violence. Known to New Horizons audiences for his use of brutal violence, Amat Escalante (The BastardsHeli) decided to take a risky step by getting into genre films, making an enigmatic body horror about the breakup of a family. The difference between this and his previous work is clear from the film's opening scene, which shows an asteroid suspended in space. Arriving on Earth along with it is a monster: hiding out in a forest hut, it is a slimy beast that terrifies, mutilates, and also provides unimaginable pleasure. One of its sexual victims is Alejandra, a mother of two children who was betrayed by her husband. The clear reference to Andrzej Żuławski 's famous Obsession and motifs from Japanese hentai provide the starting point for a dark reflection on a Mexican society based on hypocrisy, a fascination with violence, and homophobic machoism. Paradoxically, the inhuman tentacles put the protagonists on a road not to self-destruction but emancipation instead.

Mariusz Mikliński


Venice IFF 2016 – Silver Lion – Best Director

Amat Escalante

Born in Barcelona in 1979, Amat Escalante lived for a long time in Guanajuato, Mexico, before later moving to Los Angeles. He studied Film Editing and Sound in Barcelona and Cuba. In 2005, his full-length feature debut, Sangre, qualified for the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won a FIPRESCI award. His third feature film, Heli (2013), won him the award for best director at Cannes.

Selected filmography

2005 Krew / Sangre

2008 Los bastardos

2013 Heli

2016 Nieoswojeni / La región salvaje / The Untamed

Cast & Crew

director Amat Escalante
screenplay Amat Escalante, Gibrán Portela
cinematography Manuel Alberto Claro
editing Fernanda De la Peza, Jacob Secher Schulsinger
music Fernando Heftye, Igor Figueroa
cast Ruth Ramos, Jesús Meza, Simone Bucio, Eden Villavicencio
producer Amat Escalante, Jaime Romandia, Katja Adomeit
production Le Pacte, Bord Cadre Films, Mantarraya Producciones
sales Match Factory
language Spanish
colouration colour