TRAGIC JUNGLE (SELVA TRÁGICA) World Cinema

TRAGIC JUNGLE (SELVA TRÁGICA)

Following the film, AFI Festivals Director of Programming Sarah Harris leads a conversation with filmmaker Yulene Olaizola and actress Indira Andrewin.

Set in 1920, a Belizean woman desperately trying to get away from a white British landowner heads into the only place she can: deep into the Mayan rainforest. The jungle gives, but it also takes. Making her way through the unforgiving landscape, she has a fateful encounter with a band of gum tree harvesters, who become both her rescuers and captors. They bring her back to their camp, but will her presence awaken a mythical spirit, Xtabay, who seeks revenge on those who have harmed the land? Director and writer Yulene Olaizola plots a mystical journey into a lush and verdant landscape, full of danger, beauty and secrets. –Eric Moore

Yulene Olaizola’s first film SHAKESPEARE AND VICTOR HUGO’S INTIMACIES received more than 30 awards, including from San Sebastian, BAFICI, IDFA and La Habana film festivals. Her second film ARTIFICIAL PARADISES premiered at Rotterdam in 2010. FOGO, her third film, was presented at Director ìs Fortnight in Cannes in 2012. In 2015, she premiered EPITAPH.

Details

Country: Mexico, France, Colombia

Year: 2020

Director: Yulene Olaizola

Screenwriters: Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola

Producers: Pablo Zimbrón Alva, Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola

Executive Producers: Victor Léycegui, Oscar Ruiz Navia, Paula Chaurand, Lorena Villareal, Martín Burillo, Gerardo Gatica, Denisse Chapa

Director of Photography: Sofía Oggioni

Editors: Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola, Israel Cárdenas, Pablo Chea

Production Designer: Luis Luino

Music: Alejandro Otaola

Cast/Featuring: Indira Andrewin, Gilberto Barraza, Mariano Tun Xool, Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez, Eligio Meléndez

Running Time (minutes): 96

Languges: Spanish, Maya, English

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