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Interview: Amat Escalante Lost in the Night


Interview: Amat Escalante – Lost in the Night

Interview: Amat Escalante – Lost in the Night

From the very onset with his feature debut Sangre (2005), filmmaker Amat Escalante has proposed a cinema of provocation that simultaneously critiques corruption and violence, and culminates in disheartening statistics (and tragedy) for his adoptive Mexico. For his fifth feature film, Escalante leans on the some of the same matter but as explored with 2016’s The Untamed, he is “mining” within entirely new genre blueprints. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in the Premieres section, Lost in the Night (Perdidos en la Noche) delves into moral consciousness while navigating a landscape tainted by corruption, and is once again rooted on the ever-changing dynamics shifting social class paradigms.

I got to speak to Amat at the Festival du nouveau cinéma – which is where I first discovered his cinema way back in 2005. After Los bastardos (2008) and Heli (2013) and Venice Film Fest preemed The Untamed (visit my previous interview), Lost in the Night falls into thriller genre with a bit of biting satire and in some interactions felt telenovela-like. We discussed how the film was developed, how they found the mansion – which is a a fun playground for the cesspool that exists and concluded with where he might move towards for his next feature.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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