Wild Tales

By April 3, 20152015 FilmFest

April 12, 2015 7:10pm

SilverCity Theatre B

Argentina/Spain

Director: Damián Szifrón
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Runtime: 122 minutes
Language: Spanish (with English Subtitles)
Rating: 14A

Best Foreign Language Film: National Board of Review

Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film. 20 wins, 36 award nominations.

“Outrageous, rude, a refreshing change of pace.”—Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

“Szifrón brings everything to the table here: anger, rage, betrayal, malice aforethought and panic. But he leavens this with humor, style, cleverness and wit.”–Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

Passengers board a flight for which they all received free tickets. Slowly they realize that their mysterious benefactor is a man named George Pasternak, whom each of had wronged in some way—and that he is in the cockpit about to crash the plane.
A hijacking story with a weirdly effervescent tang, this is the first of six short fables in an omnibus comedy from Argentinian writer-director Damian Szifron. Animosity simmers and boils hilariously in episodes set in a roadhouse diner, on the open highway, in a DMV office, among the corrupt members of a rich family, and at a wedding ceremony where the bride learns her new husband has had an affair with one of the guests.

Produced by Pedro Almodovar, and playing like a volume of short stories by Ambrose Pierce and Roald Dahl, Wild Tales builds recognizable grudges into tales of apocalyptic revenge. It’s also the year’s most fearlessly funny film.