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Neon Bull: Carlos Reygadas to Mount “Donde nace la vida”

We can add one more iron to the Cannes fire…except this one will likely target the 2017 edition. Obviously nothing is official until the April announcement, but Jaime Romandia’s Mantarraya has Amat Escalante‘s The Untamed (currently in production on a two month shoot) earmarked for a probable showing, and Variety reports that Mantarraya has teamed with France’s Le Pacte and Germany’s The Match Factory to produce Donde nace la vida (“Where Life is Born”), the highly anticipated fifth feature film by auteur/agitator/Cannes-winning filmmaker Carlos Reygadas. Production will take place in the state of Tlaxcala (renowned for its fighting bull ranches) and will be co-produced with Reygadas’ Nodream Cinema in early 2016.

Gist: This “a simple but powerful story of love and loss of love, in open couple relationships, emotional phases on the downfall set in the context of Mexico’s fighting bull-breeding ranches.”

Worth Noting: The trade also mentions that Diego Garcia (Weerasethakal’s Love in Khon Kaen) will be the dp on the project.

Do We Care?: Avid…actually more like “rabid” fans of both Mexican filmmakers, we’ll either be doubling up in 2016, or get back to back gift offerings on the Croisette.

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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