THEY GOT FUNDING
Director Amat Escalante is one of the most exciting international filmmakers right now. He just won the Silver Lion in Venice for best director with his latest film “The Untamed” and also received the Golden Palm in Cannes in 2013 for his previous film “Heli”. He is part of the new Mexican wave of extremely talented directors, and in the style of several of his fellow contry men he mixes realism and fantasy into a fantastic fable.
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…
The film makes extensive use of CGI and VFX, which is a focus area for Copenhagen Film Fund. Peter Hjort, who have been CGI consultant on all Lars von Trier’s films, is VFX designer, and the film also makes use of Danish Soda, who are experts in animated dolls.
In addition, the film is produced by Danish Katrin Pors from Snowglobe and Danish-settled Katja Adomeit, while Danish Manuel Claro is photographer.
As in his previous films Amat Escalante only works with amateurs. The roles in “The Untamed” is found by casting over 1000 amateurs.
Jamie Romandia, Katrin Pors, Katja Adomeit
Foprocine/Mexican Film Institure
Le Pacte/Sales MG France
Copenhagen Film Fund
Venice Film Festival September 2016. Where the film won the Silver Lion for best direction.