‘An unsparing blend of fantasy and brutality, innocence and evil… innovative, compassionate and mesmerising’
Guillermo del Toro
One of the best Latin American movies of the decade’
‘This is one terrific film, both tough and touching. Two minutes in, I was under its spell’
Lauded by horror royalty Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King, Issa López’s critically acclaimed Tigers Are Not Afraid is a harrowing and enthralling film that is set amid life in Mexico where the cartel wars are part of everyday life and is shown through the eyes of innocent children. Premiering at FrightFest and originally released on Shudder, this astounding feature is now available in the UK on Blu-ray, DVD and digital release courtesy of Acorn Media International.
Drawing comparisons to Pans Labyrinth with its dark fairytale nature, and combining real life horror with fantasy, Tigers Are Not Afraid captivates and shocks its audience with its young cast bringing the tale to life. Critically acclaimed at international film festivals, and with beguiling performances from Juan Ramón López in his feature debut and Paola Lara in the lead role makes the movie all the more terrifying and poignant.
Estella (Paolo Lara) lives in Mexico where a sprawling drug war is raging. When a harrowing shooting takes place near her school, her teacher passes her three pieces of chalk capable of granting three wishes. When she returns home, she finds her Mum missing, taken by the drug lords. Using one of the wishes, she’s plunged into a supernatural misadventure. Forced to join a street gang to get answers, and take down the cartel, will Estella be able to find out what happened to her mum and defeat the villainous crime boss Chino?
Tigers Are Not Afraid is a not to-be missed stunningly original piece of filmmaking that shines a light on the shocking lives of children embroiled in the cartel wars, set against a thrilling supernatural fantasy.