Wild Horses (Caballos Salvajes)

Director: Marcelo Pineyro
Screenwriters: Aida Bortnik, Marcelo Pineyro

Institute History

  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival


This second feature by director Marcelo Piñeyro, Wild Horses, stars Héctor Alteiro, Leonardo Sbaraglia, and Cecilia Dopazo. With a screenplay by Aída Bortnik (The Official Story, Old Gringo, Tango Feroz), Wild Horses has enjoyed the same amazing success as Tango Feroz had with Argentinean audiences, pulling in more viewers than Batman Forever.

Wild Horses tells the story of four days in the life of José, Pedro, and Ana. Pedro is young and believes he is where he should be and is doing what he is supposed to do; he is a successful yuppie lawyer, working for a bank in Buenos Aires. One day like any other day, an event changes his life and beliefs in just a few hours. His world collapses like a castle of cards. Wild Horses is the tale of a robbery that is not a robbery, and a suitcase full of money that is not supposed to exist. There are car chases, gunshots, bad cops, murders. With extraordinary performances from Héctor Alteiro as José and Leonardo Sbaraglia as Pedro, startling landscapes from Patagonia, and a story that doesn’t leave you time to breathe before something new happens, Wild Horses is an outstanding example of the new Latin American cinema.

— Patricia Cardoso-Reneau

Screening Details

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