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Tragic Jungle

OT: Selva trágica

Yulene Olaizola // Mexico, France, Colombia, 2020
Fiction Feature // FF2020



Jungle, demons and a mysterious yong woman: the new film from Mexican director Yulene Olaizola plunges deep into the mythological world of the Maya. 1920, the green no man’s land between Mexico and Belize. A group of Mexicans are tapping chicle from the trees in the primeval forest, a viscous substance that the Mayas used as chewing gum. Suddenly, the men find an unconscious young woman and take her to their camp. The presence of the mysterious stranger causes tensions amongst the men and stimulates their imaginations. One by one, they fall under her spell – and realize too late that they have woken Xtabay, a Maya demoness who lurks in the heart of the jungle.


YULENE OLAIZOLA (*1983) studied Film at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City. In 2009, she graduated with the prize-winning documentary Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's Intimacies. In 2011, FILMFEST HAMBURG showed her film Artificial Paradises and in 2016 Epitaph.


Selva trágica

Fiction Feature

Spanish, English, Maya, Creole


Mexico, France, Colombia


96 min

OV with English subtitles

Yulene Olaizola

Yulene Olaizola, Rubén Imaz

Indira Andrewin, Gilberto Bararaza, Mariano Tun Xool, Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez, Eligio Meléndez

Pablo Zimbrón, Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola

Sofía Oggioni

José Miguel Enríquez Rivaud

Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola, Israel Cárdenas, Pablo Chea

Alejandro Otaola

Luis Rojas Luino

Samuel Conde

Varios Lobos (Pablo Zimbrón)

malacosa CINE; Varios Lobos

Pablo Zimbrón: pablo@varioslobos.com, alacosacine@gmail.com

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