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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #36. Amat Escalante’s The Untamed

The Untamed

Director: Amat Escalante
Writer: Amat Escalante and Gibran Portela

Amat Escalante, protégé of Carlos Reygadas, snagged the Best Director award at Cannes 2013 for his unpleasant but striking third feature, Heli (previously, he’d won the FIPRESCI prize for his debut Sangre in 2005, while his 2008 sophomore film Los Bastardos playing in Un Certain Regard). He’s back with a very ambitious project, The Untamed, described as a “social/sci-fi movie about machismo, homophobia, and the repression of women,” catalyzed by the crash of a meteorite into a mountain. Based on his heavy-hitting past works, we can only image what’s in store for us with this mixture of ‘horror’ and ‘realism.’

Cast: TBA.

Production Co./Producer(s): Mantarraya Film’s Jaime Romandia, SnowGlobe Films’s Katrin Pors

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic) TBD (international).

Release Date: The film’s producers have stated the project will be ready for May, 2016, and with Escalante’s past three features premiering at the fest, we’re willing to be he’s offered another slot in competition.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, TIFF and AFI. His top 3 for 2016: Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade), Elle (Paul Verhoeven) and OJ: Made in America (Ezra Edelman).

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