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The Untamed

dir. Amat Escalante



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Alejandra is a young house wife and a mother whom, along side her husband, Ángel, raises their two children in a small town. Her brother, Fabián, works as a nurse in a local hospital. Their inadvertent lives change with the arrival of the mysterious young Verónica. Love and sex can be fragile in places where some deeply rooted family values such as hypocrisy, homophobia and machismo persist. Verónica convinces them that, within the margins of the city, inhabits a creature in a small cabin; an otherworldly being that might be the clue to solve all of their problems. A being to which they cannot resist and to which they have to make peace with or to suffer its wrath.

Director: Amat Escalante Screenplay / Amat Escalante, Gibrán Portela Cinematography / Manuel Alberto Claro Cast / Simone Bucio, Ruth Jazmín Ramos, Jesús Mesa, Edén Villavicencia, Andrea Peláez, Óscar Escalante, Bernarda Trueda, Kenny Johnston, Enoc Leaño Original Score / Martín Escalante, Lasse Marhaug, Guro Moe Editing / Fernanda de la Peza, Jacob Secher, Schulsinger Efectos especiales / Morten Jacobsen Production / Amat Escalante, Fernanda de la Peza, Jaime Romandia, Nicolás Celis

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Ficción, 98 min.

Amat Escalante

Barcelona, 1979. Director, producer and screenwriter. He was awarded at Cannes, 2013. He directed Sangre, Los Bastardos and Heli. He also was also showed at the Rotterdam International Film and in the International San Sebastián. In 2001 he studied sound and editing in Spain at CECC. He studied at EICTV in Habana, Cuba. When he came back to Mexico, he directed the short film Amarrados (2002), which was awarded at BERLINALE. En 2016, his movie The Untamed was chosen to compete in the 73rd Venice Film Festival.


  • 2017 — La Región Salvaje
  • 2013 — Heli
  • 2010 — Revolución
  • 2008 — Los Bastardos
  • 2005 — Sangre
  • 2002 — Amarrados

Festivales y Premios

  • 2016 Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia
    Premio Guerrero de la Prensa
  • 2016 Festival Internacional de Cine de Venecia
    León de Plata
  • 2017 Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara
  • 2017 Festival de Cine de Barcelona


“A shocking and risky film that explores, through horror and science fiction, without giving up the social comentary on the contemporary mexican society, homophobia, machismo, gender violence, and indiference.”
— Javier Pérez: CinePremiere.

“Ecstasy and agony, Aros and Thanatos as the two drivind forces of the universe that within The Untamed are fulled with a grandious expressive potence.”
— Beatríz Martínez: El País 

“This sly and subversive allegorical body horror from the Mexican director of Heli is about the universal drives and addictions that power us all through lifeThis sly and subversive allegorical body horror from the Mexican director of Heli is about the universal drives and addictions that power us all through life.”
— Peter Bradshaw: The Guardian

“By rooting the story so firmly in the everyday, Escalante emphasises his metaphoric intent – the thing in the barn stands for the untameable erotic aspect of the Id, but the ‘wild region’ alluded to in the film’s Spanish title (La Region Salvaje) is the destructive drive of humanity, embodied in Angel’s machismo and in the guns and animal head trophies that fill his parents’ home.”
— Jonathan Romney: Screendaily

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