Mexico embraced in tentacles of sex and violence. Known to New Horizons audiences for his use of brutal violence, Amat Escalante (The Bastards, Heli) decided to take a risky step by getting into genre films, making an enigmatic body horror about the breakup of a family. The difference between this and his previous work is clear from the film's opening scene, which shows an asteroid suspended in space. Arriving on Earth along with it is a monster: hiding out in a forest hut, it is a slimy beast that terrifies, mutilates, and also provides unimaginable pleasure. One of its sexual victims is Alejandra, a mother of two children who was betrayed by her husband. The clear reference to Andrzej Żuławski 's famous Obsession and motifs from Japanese hentai provide the starting point for a dark reflection on a Mexican society based on hypocrisy, a fascination with violence, and homophobic machoism. Paradoxically, the inhuman tentacles put the protagonists on a road not to self-destruction but emancipation instead.
Venice IFF 2016 – Silver Lion – Best Director
Born in Barcelona in 1979, Amat Escalante lived for a long time in Guanajuato, Mexico, before later moving to Los Angeles. He studied Film Editing and Sound in Barcelona and Cuba. In 2005, his full-length feature debut, Sangre, qualified for the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won a FIPRESCI award. His third feature film, Heli (2013), won him the award for best director at Cannes.
2005 Krew / Sangre
2008 Los bastardos
2016 Nieoswojeni / La región salvaje / The Untamed