A visionary and bizarre slice of Mexican arthouse cinema, We Are The Flesh is an extraordinary and unsettling film experience, a sexually charged and nightmarish journey into an otherworldy dimension of carnal desire and excess, as well as a powerful allegory on the corrupting power of human desire.
Noé Hernández (Sin nombre, Miss Bala)
Emiliano Rocha Minter (Writer/Director)
A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behaviour.
Acclaimed by the Oscar-winning Mexican directors of The Revenant and Gravity, and playing to rave reviews and stunned audiences at genre film festivals around the world, We Are The Flesh is that rare beast – an intelligent, beautifully-crafted film that is also provocative and deeply disturbing.
Mixing the graphic, powerful imagery of Gapser Noe’s Love and Enter The Void with the sureal, hallucinatory impact of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and taking Mexican arthouse cannibal flick We Are What We Are to the next level, We Are The Flesh is a bizarre, psychedelic head trip, mixing intense, outrageously explicit imagery with a profund allegory on the nature of existence, to make this an unforgettable, boundary-pushing experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Visionary, unrelenting, and certainly not for the prudish or faint-hearted, We Are The Flesh is an erotic inferno of the senses that manages to pack all manner of delirium into its short running time, including incest, necrophilia, and cannibalism, while its tantalisingly ambiguous plot can be read as an allegory for the fall of mankind.
Lead actor Noé Hernández has the malevolent intensity of Wild At Heart-era Willem Dafoe, while actress Maria Evoli is hypnotically alluring, and gives a bold, no-holds-barred performance as the young woman who falls under his strange spell.
Emiliano Rocha Minter is part of the new wave of Mexican directors backed by Oscar-winning The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu. Here making his feature debut, Minter doesn’t hold back in realising a fearless, unprecedented vision of Mexico.
“This is no ordinary party,” one of the characters exclaims towards the end of the film. Indeed it is – this is extreme art cinema at its boldest and most taboo-bustingly bizarre.
“I loved this film. It takes over our waking thoughts, like a recurring dream we try to forget, because we are fearful of finding out it may be a memory.” Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron
“We Are the Flesh is a very personal, very powerful film that deeply impressed me.” The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu
“A deeply visceral and powerful piece that examines the darkest corners of the human soul, exposing parts of humanity we would rather attribute to some kind of monster. Brave, unapologetic, and morbidly beautiful to take in. Emiliano Rocha has created a world that ensnares the viewer in this nightmarish tale." American Mary directors The Soska Sisters
February 2016 – Rotterdam International Film Festival
May 2016 – Cannes Film Festival – Blood Window Midnight Galas
June 2016 – Fantasia International Film Festival
August 2016 – Horror Channel Frightfest
September 2016 – FantasticFest, Austin
October 2016 – Sitges International Film Festival
Screening at Horror Channel FrightFest Monday 29th August and in UK cinemas 18th November.