Official Selection out of Competition | 96 min | 2020


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About the Film

In 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. The film screened in the Orizzonti section of the 77th Venice International Film Festival.

Film Info

Section Official Selection out of Competition
Year 2020
Length 96 min
Language Spanish, Maya, English, Creol
Country Mexico, France

Film Credits

Director Yulene Olaizola
Screenplay Yulene Olaizola, Rubén Imaz
Cinematography Sofia Oggioni
Music Alejandro Otaola
Editing Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola, Israel Cárdenas, Pablo Chea
Producer Pablo Zimbrón Alva, Ruben Imaz, Yulene Olaizola, Birgit Kemner, Philippe Gompel, Oscar Ruiz Navia
Production Company Malacosa Cine, Manny Films, Varios Lobos, Contravía Films, Zoología Fantástica, Barraca Producciones
Sound Design
Sound José Miguel Enríquez Rivaud
Cast Indira Andrewin, Gilberto Barraza, Mariano Tun Xool, Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez, Eligio Meléndez

Film Contacts

Directed by: Yulene Olaizola

Yulene Olaizola was born in Mexico City in 1983. She studied film at the Cinematographic Training Center, graduating summa cum laude with the thesis project and debut work Shakespeare & Victor Hugo's Intimacies (2008), for which she received the Ariel Award for Best First Work. Fogo (2012) was nominated for the C.I.C.A.E. Award at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, Epitafio was nominated for the Grand Prix at the 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Her latest film, Tragic Jungle, won the Sorriso Diverso Venezia 2020 Award for Best Foreign Film during the 77th Venice International Film Festival.