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25 Ratings

Tigers Are Not Afraid


Directed by Issa López
Mexico, 2017
Fantasy, Thriller


When her mother suddenly disappears with no one to care for her, young Estrella ends up on the street and joins a gang of children, triggering a dangerous and tragic chain of events in the third feature from Mexican filmmaker Issa López.

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Tigers Are Not Afraid Directed by Issa López

Awards & Festivals

Ariel Awards (Mexico)

2018 | 8 nominations including: Best Director

2018 | 2 wins including: Breakthrough Male Performance

The possibility that magic exists within us . . . comprises the crux of López’s new genre-bending film Tigers Are Not Afraid, which has captivated Guillermo del Toro, Stephen King, and many other viewers worldwide. Equally inspired by magical realism and hauntings real and imagined, the film plays like a documentary tinged with elements of the fantastical, and horror springing from unsuspecting corners.
August 20, 2018
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Heartbreaking, thought-provoking and exquisitely beautiful in equal measure, López unflinchingly rejects the fetishization of young people and their experiences so typical of narratives about childhood trauma. Instead, she replaces it with compassion, intelligence and artistry of a purity and uniqueness that is very much her own.
August 15, 2018
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López’s fable has already drawn comparisons to Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) but has a phantasmagoric energy and modern urgency all its own.
April 05, 2018
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