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Los Cabos: 10 Key Points About 2017’s Festival

Los Cabos: 10 Key Points About 2017’s Festival
Mexico City — Launching in 2012, backed by industry heavyweights such as agent Micah Green and Mexican mogul Alex García, Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival was designed, in an inspired move, as a U.S., Mexico, Canada crossroads.

It has proved the right meet at the right time in the right place. Few film events anywhere in the world have grown so fast. Below, 10 key points about 2017’s Festival, which unspools Nov. 8-12 in Baja California:

1.More Fest, Same Basic Industry

The 6th Los Cabos Fest, the first under producer, line-producer and former film commissioner Hugo Villa, is certainly much more of a festival, adding a tribute to Paul Schrader, World Highlights, including a clutch of foreign-language Oscar front-runners, – Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” – and American Specials. In one, Margot Robbie delivers a “delectable performance” as Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Variety wrote; it called Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” “a lively
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Lovecraftian ‘The Untamed’ Awakens On VOD

Lovecraftian ‘The Untamed’ Awakens On VOD
Strand Releasing’s The Untamed is now available on VOD platforms. Celebrated filmmaker Amat Escalante follows up his critically lauded features Heli and Los Bastardos with the award-winning The Untamed, which critics have called “ferociously intelligent” (Jonathan Romney, Screen) and “brilliant, frightening” (Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage). The Blu-ray release includes an 85-minute behind the scenes featurette. “Alejandra is a housewife, […]
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New to Streaming: ‘The Untamed,’ Jean-Luc Godard, ‘Whose Streets?,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum (Sophie Bassaler)

When one conjures iconic memories from cinema history, they might be of your favorite shot or sequence, but my mind often travels to behind-the-scenes photos featuring director, cast, crew, and beyond. These photographs often have a unifying connection: they come from Magnum Photos. Since 1947, the photographic cooperative — founded by such iconic names as Robert Capa amd Henri Cartier-Bresson — has been responsible
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The Untamed review – audacious sci-fi horror

Mexican director Amal Escalante mixes naturalism and otherworldly CGI in bravura fashion

The Spanish title of Amat Escalante’s film, La región salvaje, translates as “the Wild Region”, which may refer to somewhere in space, or the riskier shores of human desire, or this Mexican writer-director’s lawless imagination. His last film, 2013’s Heli, about innocents caught up in the drug war, was at once coolly lucid in tone and horrific in content.

The Untamed features a similar combination of rigorous directing style and confrontational imagery, but ventures into far stranger territory. It’s about three working-class people – a young mother, her macho husband and her gay brother – whose lives are transformed when a mysterious woman (Simone Bucio) gets them entangled, and I mean entangled, with her ardent paramour who is, let’s say, not from around these parts. Escalante takes a hothouse hybrid of science-fiction horror and implants it
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‘The Untamed (La Region Salvaje)’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Eden Villavicencio, Andrea Peláez, Oscar Escalante, Bernarda Trueba | Written by Amat Escalante, Gibrán Portela | Directed by Amat Escalante

The fourth film from Mexican writer-director Amat Escalante (Heli) mixes social realism and weird sci-fi eroticism to mesmerising effect.

Co-written by Escalante and Gibrán Portela, The Untamed begins with a shot of a meteorite, drifting through space, before abruptly cutting to a young, naked woman (Simone Bucio as Veronica) being pleasured by a tentacled creature in a shed, somewhere in the Mexican countryside. As if that wasn’t already strange enough, she’s also being observed by an older couple (Oscar Escalante and Bernarda Trueba), who appear to be the creature’s guardians.

When Veronica sustains a nasty injury during her encounter, she attends the local hospital, where she befriends first charming, openly gay nurse Fabian (Eden Villavicencio), and later his
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The Untamed review – a film about love, pleasure and a tentacular sex monster

This sly and subversive allegorical body horror from the Mexican director of Heli is about the universal drives and addictions that power us all through life

Mexican film-maker Amat Escalante’s work has included the challengingly violent crime drama Heli (2013). Now he has created a bizarre realist-fantasy parable in which queasy eroticism and body horror are absorbed into life’s many pains and injustices. It is set in Guanajuato in central Mexico, which Escalante’s movie endows with a forbidding remoteness. The original title is La Región Salvaje, or the savage region. A perplexing opening sequence, showing what appears to be a vast asteroid heading for Earth, lays the foundation for the film’s strange premise. The asteroid has brought with it a new life form which its elderly discoverers – retired people who live in a modest woodland shack – find it necessary to keep secret, rather like Mr and Mrs
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Locarno: Casa Wabi, Mantarraya Launch Film Prize

Locarno: Casa Wabi, Mantarraya Launch Film Prize
Locarno, Switzerland — Mexico’s Mantarraya Group, producer of Cannes Best Director winners Carlos Reygadas (2012’s “Post Tenebras Lux”) and Amat Escalante (2013’s “Heli”), is establishing another festival presence in Europe, teaming with art foundation Fundación Casa Wabi to adjudicate a new prize at the Locarno Festival’s newly competitive Signs of Life section.

Opening this year with the world premiere of Disney’s “Coco,” the Morelia Intl. Film Festival will also support the Fundación Casa Wabi-Mantarraya Award, which will be adjudicated Aug. 12 at Locarno’s prize ceremony.

The prize is a meeting of like-minds. Launched in 2013, and borrowing the title of Werner Herzog’s first feature, Signs of Life set outs out to explore cinema’s frontier territories through “novel narrative formats and innovation in filmic language,” the Locarno Festival’s website explains.

This year’s 11 feature lineup includes Nelson Carlo de los Santos Luxbox-sold “Cocote,” set against a background of Los Misterios, a
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‘The Untamed’ Review: This Surreal Thriller Is the Second-Best Movie Ever Made About Tentacle Sex

‘The Untamed’ Review: This Surreal Thriller Is the Second-Best Movie Ever Made About Tentacle Sex
There are no talking foxes in Amat Escalante’s latest whatist, but chaos still reigns.

And though “La región salvaje” translates literally as “The Wilds,” one struggles to imagine a more fitting title for this surreal erotic thriller than “The Untamed.” The Mexican auteur, who last divided audiences with the punishing “Heli” (for which he won Best Director at Cannes), takes a cue from Andrzej Żuławski’s “Possession” in his tentacled pulse-pounder about the pain and pleasure of love in all its forms. This is the kind of experience that might tell you more about yourself as both a viewer and a person than you’re comfortable knowing; it’s also the most alluringly strange movie of the year so far.

It’s frequently beautiful, too, with cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (who also lensed “Nymphomaniac”) capturing the strange goings on and foggy environs in all their alien glory. “The Untamed
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Lovecraftian ‘The Untamed’ Awakens in the UK

Lovecraftian ‘The Untamed’ Awakens in the UK
Arrow UK today announced the release of The Untamed in theaters August 18th and on Blu-ray and DVD September 25th. Celebrated filmmaker Amat Escalante follows up his critically lauded features Heli and Los Bastardos with the award-winning The Untamed, which critics have called “ferociously intelligent” (Jonathan Romney, Screen) and “brilliant, frightening” (Rory O’Connor, The Film […]
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Mexican Bureaucracy Becomes a Human Tragedy In Award-Winning ‘Everything Else’ — Sf International Film Festival Review

Mexican Bureaucracy Becomes a Human Tragedy In Award-Winning ‘Everything Else’ — Sf International Film Festival Review
The first thing we see in “Everything Else” is a look of emptiness. Doña Flor (Adriana Barraza), a middle-aged public servant who has spent 35 years engaged in an utterly boring routine, blankly stares at nothing in particular. Soon, we learn why: As a Mexico City clerk tasked with issuing government IDs, her days are spent assessing paperwork and mechanically processing new requests. Much of this quiet, slow-burn character study inhabits the dreary, remote quality of Doña’s existence, but with time, the movie pieces it together to reveal the emotional solitude lurking beneath that distant gaze.

Anyone familiar with Chantal Akerman’s “Jeanne Dielman” or Lucretia Martel’s “The Headless Woman” will find familiar patterns in writer-director Natalia Almada’s first narrative feature, though it may as well be an extension of her documentary work for the way it pulls viewers into the nuances of everyday rituals and their ability to mask psychological discord.
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Mexican Horror Movie ‘The Untamed’ Picked Up by Strand Releasing (Exclusive)

Mexican Horror Movie ‘The Untamed’ Picked Up by Strand Releasing (Exclusive)
Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Amat Escalante’s horror-fantasy “The Untamed” on the eve of its screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

The Untamed,” titled “La Region Salvaje” and set in Guanajuato, had its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and was then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Escalante won the Silver Lion at Venice for Best Director. Strand is planning a late-summer release.

The movie was inspired by two tragic incidents that Escalante read in the papers in Guanajuato, leading to a strange unique tale that intertwines the bits of true crime with an other worldly experience.

The deal was done between Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu of Strand Releasing and Michael Weber of The Match Factory.

“We are thrilled to work once more with long-time partners in the Us and bringing Amat Escalante, such a great, talented filmmaker of
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Cinepolis Distribution Snags Amat Escalante’s ‘The Untamed’ (Exclusive)

Cinepolis Distribution Snags Amat Escalante’s ‘The Untamed’ (Exclusive)
Cinepolis Distribution, the fledgling distribution arm of Mexico’s giant exhibition circuit Cinepolis, has picked up Amat Escalante’s “The Untamed,” which is slated for a platform release on July 21 in Mexico. Escalante won the Silver Lion best director award for his sci-fi drama at September’s 73rd Venice Int’l Film Festival where it had its world premiere.

In 2013, he won the Cannes best director award for his direction of “Heli,” about the devastating impact of cartel violence on one family.

“We have great respect for Amat’s work; he’s grown quite a large fan base,” said Cinepolis Distribution head Leonardo Cordero. “We’d like to help widen his reach,” said Cordero who plans to kickstart the “Untamed” release to as many as 100 screens.

Heli” was only on 30 screens,” he noted.

Although it had picked up some films the year prior such as “Cartel Land,” “A Most Violent Year” and “Suite Francaise,
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10 Reasons Why Mexico Deserves the Spotlight at Berlin

10 Reasons Why Mexico Deserves the Spotlight at Berlin
For its first Country in Focus program, the 2017 Berlin Festival could have chosen many countries in the world. Why Mexico? Variety drills down on 10 reasons:

1. World-class talent

Mexico is the third-biggest Oscar-winning nation in the world this decade. Only the U.S. and the U.K. have won more Academy Award trophies. France, with eight Oscars, trails Mexico’s 10. Beyond three director Oscars (“Gravity,” “Birdman,” “The Revenant”), Mexico has won two helming trophies at Cannes (2012’s “Post Tenebras Lux,” 2013’s “Heli”), a Venice Golden Lion and director prize (“Far Away,” “The Untamed”), and a Cannes screenplay award (“Chronic”).

2. Incentive program

Mexico’s fiscal incentive, now dubbed Eficine 189, turned 10 in 2016, and has “facilitated a whole new generation of filmmakers with very different propositions,” says Gaz Alazraki, director of 2014 smash hit “We Are the Nobles.” Mexico’s newest wave ranges wildly: From mainstream filmmakers (Eugenio Derbez, Marco Polo Constandse, Leonardo Zimbron, Manolo Caro
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First Ominous Trailer for Amat Escalante’s ‘The Untamed’ Features Mystery, Sex, and Death

Ahead of stopping by Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects, the first trailer has arrived for The Untamed, the latest film from Spanish auteur Amat Escalante. While it is in Spanish with no (English) subtitles, the trailer features arresting imagery and a raw, ominous tone as it follows a couple whose lives are shaken when they encounter a mysterious creature. The third feature from Escalante, the film looks to be a harsh exploration of family, horror, and sex.

We said in our review, “The Untamed does that very rare thing in cinema in that it blends mystery, horror and pseudo-reality with a kind of dark subconscious arousal. In this way it recalls the auteur directors previously mentioned here, but also the eerie ethereal science fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. All this might lead you to believe that The Untamed is built on homage, and yet it refuses to be anything but its own thing.
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Michael Rowe Scores Los Cabos Double Win With ‘Alicia’

Michael Rowe Scores Los Cabos Double Win With ‘Alicia’
Mexico-based Michael Rowe, who leapt to notice winning the Cannes Festival’s Camera d’Or for his debut, “Leap Year,” scored double this weekend with his new feature, “Alicia,” winning a development award and Ctt Exp & Rentals Award from the festival’s Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund.

“Alicia,” Rowe’s fourth feature, was one of only two titles, with Julio Hernandez Cordon’s “Comprame un Revolver,” which won more than a single plaudit from the fund, which mixes straight cash with awards in services from Mexican companies.

Written by Rowe and Montserrat Varela, “Alicia” turns on a 14-year-old girl who lives with her grandmother and estranged mom and suffers from severe sexual repression. Then, one day in the subway, a casual sexual encounter acts like it releases a genie in a bottle, initiating Alicia’s exploration of her identity and a plunge into extreme sexuality, Rowe told Variety.

Alexander de Graaf,
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The Match Factory Rolls Out First Sales on Amat Escalante’s ‘The Untamed’ (Exclusive)

The Match Factory Rolls Out First Sales on Amat Escalante’s ‘The Untamed’ (Exclusive)
Germany’s The Match Factory, one of Europe’s premier arthouse sales agents, has rolled out first international sales on one of Mexico’s key fall titles, Amat Escalante’s “La region salvaje” (The Untamed), a Venice best director winner.

In early dealings, London-based Arrow Films has acquired U.K. rights to Escalante’s fourth feature, his follow-up to “Heli,” for which he won a best director award at the 2013 Cannes Festival.

Marking further sales, Madman has acquired Australia/New Zealand. The Match Factory has also closed Benelux (Cineart), Cis territories (Cinema Prestige), Taiwan (Cineplex) and former-Yugoslavia markets (McF Megacom). Michael Webber’s sales company is in negotiations for several more territory sales, with interest from Japan and North America, said The Match Factory sources.

Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte , one of France’s key distributors for art-house and crossover fare, will open “The Untamed” theatrically in France. Cinepolis, Mexico
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‘La La Land’ Comes to Morelia Fest as it Hosts Top Festival Winners and Demian Bichir’s Helming Debut

‘La La Land’ Comes to Morelia Fest as it Hosts Top Festival Winners and Demian Bichir’s Helming Debut
World-class festival winners are bowing at the 14th Morelia Int’l Film Festival, including Damian Chazelle’s Oscar-buzzworthy “La La Land,” Nate Parker’s controversial Sundance hit “Birth of a Nation,” Ken Loach’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake” and Berlinale Golden Bear prizewinner “Fire at Sea” by Gianfranco Rosi.

The 10-day fest opens Oct. 21 with Pablo Larrain’s latest opus, “Neruda,” which reps Chile at the Foreign-Language Oscar race, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal who will present the pic. Guests of honor this year include Willem Dafoe, Giada Colagrande and Audrey Tautou. Rising Venezuelan star Edgar Ramirez will be presenting two high-profile pics he stars in, “The Girl on the Train” and “Hands of Stone.”

But Morelia remains an important barometer of the latest in Mexican cinema. Mexican thesp Demian Bichir, Oscar-nommed for his lauded perf in 2011 drama “A Better Life,” is staging the world premiere
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Lff 2016: The Untamed Review

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There is no denying that talent that exists within Spanish auteur Amat Escalante, that much was evident in his preceding endeavour, and Palme d’Or nominee Heli, which won the filmmaker the best director award at Cannes Film Festival. But there’s an inclination to shock viewers in a way that seems somewhat gratuitous, which is a […]

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San Sebastian: Mexico’s Pimienta Films Boards Teodora Ana Mihai’s Drug drama ‘La Civil’

San Sebastian Pimienta Films, one of Mexico’s fast-rising production companies, has joined forces with Belgium’s One For The Road and Romania’s Luna Film to co-produce Teodora Ana Mihai‘s fiction feature debut, Mexico-set drug drama “La Civil.”

Playing at the San Sebastian Festival’s 5th Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, “La Civil” turns on a mother’s extraordinary transformation from housewife to vengeful militant, after her teenage daughter is kidnapped by the violent drug cartel operating in her town.

The project “was inspired by many testimonies of drug war victims in Mexico and particularly by one mother’s account,” according to Mihai, who co-writes the script alongside Mexico’s Habacuc A. de Rosario.

Set up at Mihai’s outfit One For the Road, in partnership with Irina Malcea’s Luna Film, project is currently in development and writers are working on the third draft of the script.

Romanian-Belgian
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Amat Escalante’s Strange, Salacious, Award-Winning Alien Sex Movie ‘The Untamed’ [Venice Review]

If there is one concept that defines Amat Escalante‘s Silver Lion-winning Venice title, it’s “ginormous horny alien sex octopus.” But if there’s one other, it’s risk — “The Untamed” is a brazen leap of faith for any filmmaker; for a rising arthouse star coming off a Cannes Best Director win for “Heli,” his gruellingly downbeat surgical strike on Mexican social inequity, cartel culture and corruption, it’s borderline kamikaze.

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