Quietly intense, gritty, profound, superbly executed, and an exhilaratingly unique mashup of genres, writer/director Amat Escalante’s The Untamed (La región salvaje) may be THE must-see international film of the summer. We are so very proud to present it for a full week starting August 11!
Serious meditation on sexuality, misogyny, and machismo? Trippy sci-fi genre masterpiece? Both? So much more?? We’ve seen way too much of the narrative of this new film spoiled on various websites, so we’ll loosely summarize Escalante’s alternately meditative and mind-blowing film as the story of Alejandra (Ruth Ramos), a young mother who lives with her husband Angel (Jesús Meza) and young sons in Guanajuato, Mexico; her brother Fabián (Eden Villavicencio), who works at a local hospital; and Verónica (Simone Bucio), a young stranger who arrives at Angel’s clinic with what appears to be a dog bite.
A story seemingly about modest people living average lives, what unfolds is an enthralling, hypnotic, and truly bold portrayal of a chauvinistic society wrought with machismo, homophobia, and misogyny. What sets the film apart from similar studies like Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores perros is Escalante’s Lynchian approach of lending an extra layer of unapologetic visual metaphor to the proceedings, effectively executed by placing his meditation in the world of science-fiction and horror.
To go any further would be to deny you the full experience of Amat Escalante’s stunning ride, a haunting work of art that surprises at so many levels. A true must-see.
Friday, August 11 — 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 12 — 3pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, August 13 — 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Monday, August 14 — 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 15 — 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 16 — 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 17 — 5:30pm, 8pm
Winner: Best Director, Venice Film Festival and Fantastic Fest
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival.
“A fantastical premise collides with Escalante’s solemn realism, making for a quiet, unforgettable mash-up, inspired by director Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession.” – L.A. Weekly
“The Untamed does that very rare thing in cinema in that it blends mystery, horror and pseudo-reality with a kind of dark subconscious arousal.” – The Film Stage