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This is Yulene Olaizola’s fourth feature film after the young Mexican director’s previous works were selected by several international festivals. 1920, on the border between Mexico and Belize. Deep in the Mayan jungle, a lawless territory where myths abound, a group of Mexican gum workers cross paths with Agnes, a mysterious young Belizean woman. Her presence incites tension among the men, arousing their fantasies and desires. Filled with new vigor, they face their destiny without knowing that they have woken up Xtabay, a legendary being that lurks in the heart of the jungle.

About the director:

Yulene Olaizola (Mexico City, Mexico, 1983) is a Mexican filmmaker and producer. Her directorial debut SHAKESPEARE AND VÍCTOR HUGO’S INTIMACIES won the Best Film Award at the 2008 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema and was awarded the Don Quixote Award, the FIPRESCI Award and the Special Jury Prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival. In 2009, the film also won the Ariel Award for Best Directorial Debut. In 2012 the feature film Fogo was nominated for the C.I.C.A.E. Award at Cannes.


Yulene Olaizola

Director of Photography

Sofia Oggioni

Original title

Selva Trágica