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.
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.