The Untamed (La Región Salvaje)
"A Sci-Fi sexual drama that will blow your mind" -Birth. Movies. Death. "Amat Escalante's The Untamed variously dazzled, horrified, shocked, and, in the case of some very nervous viewers, tickled the Venice Film Festival when it played in competition," Jonathan Romney (Film Comment) wrote in a dispatch from Venice last fall. Spinning a surreal story of marital disfunction and a sexual frenzy-inducing extraterrestrial life form, The Untamed brings the director of brutally realist festival fare like Heli into decidedly new territory. Winner: Best Director, Venice Film Fetival Young mother Alejandra is a working housewife, raising two boys with husband Angel in a small city. Her brother Fabian works as a nurse in a local hospital. Their provincial lives are upset with the arrival of mysterious Veronica. Sex and love can be fragile in certain regions where strong family values, hypocrisy, homophobia, and male chauvinism exist. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby woods, inside an isolated cabin, dwells something not of this world that could be the answer to all of their problems. Something whose force they cannot resist and with whom they must make peace or suffer its wrath. Directed by Amat Escalante. Written by Amat Escalante and Gibran Portela. Mexico /Denmark/ France/ Germany/ Norway/ Switzerland. 2016. 100 min. DCP. In Spanish with English subtitles.