THE UNTAMED (LA REGIÓN SALVAJE)
Alejandra is a young mother who works at a factory and takes care of her two boys. Her husband Angel spends nights away from home, involved in an extramarital affair and neglecting his wife's sexual needs. Her brother, Fabian, is a nurse at the local hospital who is involved in an unhealthy relationship with a married man. When the mysterious Veronica shows up wounded at the hospital, all of these characters' provincial lives are thrown into upheaval as she shows them something that allows them to experience pleasure purely and more intensely than they have ever known. In many ways a spiritual sequel to Andrzej Zulawski's POSSESSION (1981), director/writer and AFI FEST alum Amat Escalante explores the notion that our base instincts, sexual wants and desires often conflict with values and taboos ingrained in us as a society. The film brilliantly uses fantasy elements to explore what would happen if something allowed us to access pure sexual gratification. — Jenn Murphy
Amat Escalante was born in Barcelona in 1979, and has spent most of his life in Mexico. He returned to Spain to study film and traveled to Cuba to study at the International School of Film and Television. He is a director, producer and screenwriter, known for his films SANGRE (2005), LOS BASTARDOS (2008) and HELI (AFI FEST 2013), Mexico’s official Oscar® entry that year.