30.09. - 09.10.2021

Tragic Jungle Mexico, France, Colombia 2020 | 96 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2020

Yulene Olaizola

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".

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[⏵] 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.
Original title: Selva trágica
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Spanish, English, Maya, Creole
Section: Vitrina
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Yulene Olaizola
Screenplay: Yulene Olaizola, Rubén Imaz
Cast: Indira Andrewin, Gilberto Bararaza, Mariano Tun Xool, Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez, Eligio Meléndez
Producer: Pablo Zimbrón, Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola
Director of Photography: Sofía Oggioni
Music: Alejandro Otaola
Production Design: Luis Rojas Luino
Editor: Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola, Israel Cárdenas, Pablo Chea
Sound: José Miguel Enríquez Rivaud
Costume design: Samuel Conde
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Varios Lobos (Pablo Zimbrón)
Production: malacosa CINE; Varios Lobos
Contact: Pablo Zimbrón:,


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