Screened as part of NZIFF 2014

Wild Tales 2014

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Directed by Damián Szifrón Big Nights

A surprise Cannes sensation from Argentina, Wild Tales is a compendium of six lavishly produced shorts united by a theme of vengeance – the kind that explodes in spectacular outbursts, sometimes planned, sometimes not!

Argentina In Spanish with English subtitles
122 minutes CinemaScope/DCP
R16 (offensive language, sex scenes, violence)

Director, Screenplay


Hugo Sigman
Pedro Almodóvar
Agustín Almodóvar
Esther Garcia
Matías Mosteirín


Javier Juliá


Damián Szifrón
Pablo Barbieri

Production designer

Clara Notari

Costume designer

Ruth Fischerman


Gustavo Santaolalla


Ricardo Darín (Simón)
Oscar Martinez (Mauricio)
Leonardo Sbaraglia (Diego)
Érica Rivas (Romina)
Rita Cortese (Cocinera)
Julieta Zylberberg (Moza)
Darío Grandinetti (Salgado)


Cannes (In Competition) 2014


We end NZIFF 2014 with a roar – and the most entertaining film at Cannes this year. Writer-director Damián Szifrón single-handedly resurrects the portmanteau film, telling six blackly comic tales in which contemporary characters vent their frustrations in fabulous revenge plots and spectacular meltdowns. Beware the reviews: they’re fantastic, but they give away some of Szifrón’s most niftily delivered narrative bombshells. 

“Superimposed on images of wild animals, the opening credits for Wild Tales pave the way for a marvelous satire filled with deranged Argentines driven by primal desires to act out. Pedro Almodóvar’s is among the producing credits, further laying the groundwork for a movie rich in playful and macabre outbursts… Szifrón has accumulated a filmography in his native country for years without the rest of the world taking much notice, but there is more than enough rambunctious innovation and intelligence on display here to change that for good… The movie unfolds like a Buñuel comedy on speed, veering from one gasp-inducing instance to another… Impeccably edited with fluid camerawork and a scale that includes a fair number of explosions, bloody fights and stunt work, the movie’s polished quality holds its polemics together… Judging by the movies, Argentines are itching to take stand against the country’s backward social constructs and bureaucratic hangups alike… Wild Tales uses the mold of sketch comedy to assemble an epic indulgence in a demented form of catharsis.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire