Copenhagen among The Untamed in Escalante’s new feature
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- CANNES 2015: The Mexican Cannes winner’s fourth feature will be co-produced by Adomeit Film and shot with a partly Danish crew
Denmark’s Copenhagen Film Fund, which has just hosted a ten-day shoot of UK Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl [+see also:
interview: Paco Delgado
film profile], starring Eddie Redmayne (UK) and Alicia Vikander (Sweden), is among the organisations involved in The Untamed [+see also:
film profile], Mexican director Amat Escalante’s new adventure and the follow-up to Heli [+see also:
film profile] (2013), which won for Best Director at Cannes.
In the Scandinavian Village during the Cannes International Film Festival, with Denmark’s two other regional funds, FilmFyn and the West Danish Film Fund, Copenhagen has joined forces with VisitDenmark to promote Denmark as both a film and a travel destination.
“Escalante is a very personal and unique director with an important voice. It makes perfect sense for the Copenhagen Film Fund to help him in his efforts – especially as he will be joining forces with key Danish crew,” said the fund’s CEO, Thomas Gammeltoft.
The Untamed will be co-produced by Katrin Pors, of Denmark’s Adomeit Film, with Chilean-Danish cinematographer Manuel Claro behind the camera; Peter Hjort will supervise visual effects, with the Soda Group handling special creations.
Mixing realism with horror, the Jaime Romandia production for Mantarraya Film follows a young couple from the Mexican lowlands struggling to find themselves, but destroying themselves in the process. A meteorite crash on an isolated, nearby mountain will change their lives.
Currently casting from among 1,000 non-professional actors in Mexico, Escalante won the International Critics’ FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes for his feature debut, Sangre [+see also:
film profile] (2005); his second, The Bastards [+see also:
film profile] (2008), was premiered in the festival’s Un Certain Regard selection. Principal photography for The Untamed is scheduled for August; Mexicos’s NDM Ventas Internacionales is in charge of international sales.