Tigers Are Not Afraid/ Vuelven
This haunting and timely film from Issa López tells the story of Estrella, an 11 years old whose mother disappears, a victim of the ruthless Huascas cartel.
Left to fend for herself, she finds companionship and a fragile sense of security with a gang of similarly orphaned boys, but her new reality is further complicated by her mother’s ghost whispering in her ear.
Issa López is the first female director to win a Fantastic Fest Best Horror Director prize for this memorable film, which is counted among Guillermo Del Toro and Stephen King’s “must watch films” and is an unmissable selection from Mexico.
Winner: 2018 Ariel Awards Mexico, Best Direction, Best Actor in a Minor Role and Best Visual Effects.
Winner: 2017 Screamfest as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Editing.
It’s a beautiful blend of innocence and brutality that embraces the dark fantasy ethos superbly. Issa López has crafted a sublime mix of darkness and light - The Hollywood News.
Presented with the Sydney Underground Film Festival