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by Amat Escalante


A social parable that focuses on Mexico, but also wishes to be universal. A more metaphysical film than Amat Escalante's previous film Heli (2013, Best Director at Cannes). A story about falling in love and vanishing illusions in a highland city in Mexico. Veronica (Simone Bucio) goes down to find the point of impact of a meteorite that crashed and altered the configuration of the area. In the same way, she will change the lives of Angel (Jesùs Mesa) and Alejandra (Ruth Ramos), a young couple that puts its determination to the test as they try, with their two children, to overcome adversity.

international title: The Untamed
original title: La región salvaje
country: Mexico, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Amat Escalante
film run: 100'
screenplay: Amat Escalante, Gibrán Portela
cast: Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Edén Villavicencio
cinematography by: Manuel Alberto Claro
film editing: Jacob Secher Schulsinger, Fernanda De la Peza
producer: Jaime Romandia, Fernanda de la Peza, Amat Escalante
co-producer: Katja Adomeit, Maria Ekerhovd, Jean Labadie, Anne-Laure Labadie, Katrin Pors, Michael Weber
production: Le Pacte, Mer Film, Adomeit Film, Bord Cadre, Match Factory Productions, Snowglobe, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), ARTE Deutschland, Pimienta Films [MX], Labo Digital [MX]
backing: Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía [MX], Fondo para la Producción Cinematográfica de Calidad - FOPROCINE [MX], Copenhagen Film Fund [DK], Danish Film Institute [DK], CNC - Aide au Cinéma du Monde [FR], SØRFOND – Norwegian South Film Found [NO], Secretaria de Turismo del Estado de Guanajuato - SECTUR [MX], Kansas City Southern de México [MX]
distributor: Le Pacte, Noucinemart


main awards/selection

Venice Film Festival 2016Venezia 73, Silver Lion for Best Director
Toronto International Film Festival 2016
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016

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