This insanely inventive collection of deranged stories questions violence and revenge from a comedic angle. Besides being a complete riot that packs in uproarious humor, Damian Szifron’s film demonstrates his ability to create a cohesive film out of diverse vignettes united by the dark side of human nature. From start to finish, “Wild Tales” is truly a savagely fun trip.
Within the carefully constructed codes of conduct that most of us abide by, acting on impulse and the unpredictability of human nature are not welcomed. We are trained to rationalize our negative emotions in order to keep our civilization from collapsing into an ocean of chaos and anarchy. Obey the system and play by the rules.
Of course, there are times in our lives when these parameters become obsolete and we give in to rage, violence, and revenge. It’s a terrifying quality of our species, but sometimes we believe getting retribution is the only way to quench our anger.
In the Oscar-nominated film “Wild Tales” (Relatos Salvajes), Damián Szifron’s deranged ode to madness, we are confronted with the animal instincts that we so desperately try to hide – until we can’t. Betrayal, injustice, and even the need to avenge a loved one, drive Szifron’s characters into losing control. With pitch black comedy that is as universal as the situations it explores, his film is a hilarious and smart vehicle for sharp social commentary.
Following it’s premiere in competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, “Wild Tales” continued to play at international festival and became a box-office smash in Argentina. Eventually, the film was selected as the country’s official entry for the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It went on to become one of the 5 final nominees out of 83 submissions.
This past February Szifron’s audacious work was theatrically released in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics. “Wild Tales” manged to gross over $3 million at the box office, an incredible feat for an international film.
Now this Almodovar-produced film is available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and it comes with two marvelous bonus features. One is a fantastic behind-the-scenes look at the challenging pace of shooting six different stories, and the other is a candid and thoughtful conversation with Szifron during the Toronto International Film Festival.
Both features really provide insight on a filmmaker that’s bound to become a defining industry player both in Hollywood and Latin America.
-Wild Shooting: Creating the Film
-A Special Evening at the Toronto International Film Festival with Dámian Szifron