Variety has been given exclusive access to the first clip to be released from Amat Escalante’s “La Region Salvaje” (The Untamed). The film, which is being sold by The Match Factory, plays in competition at the Venice Film Festival and later at Toronto. Escalante won best director at Cannes a couple years ago for “Heli.”
“The Untamed” centers on young mother Alejandra, who 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,” according to a statement from the sales company.
The Mexican film stars Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Eden Villavicencio and Jesus Meza. Escalante and Gibran Portela wrote the screenplay. The producers are Jaime Romandia, Fernanda de la Peza and Escalante.