Two parallel stories about characters trapped in illogical endless spaces: two brothers and a detective locked on an infinite staircase, and a family locked on an infinite road - for a very long time.
Where you can watch it
International title: The Incident Spanish title: El Incidente Genre: Science fiction - Drama Production company: Yellow Films Country of production: México Running time: 100 mins Shooting format: Red EPIC 5K Distribution and exhibition format: DCP 2K / Blu Ray Audio final mix: Dolby Digital 5.1 Spoken language: Spanish Subtitled in: English Date of production: October 2013 Date of completition: September 2014 Distribution Company in Mexican terroitory: Cine Canibal Theatrical Release in Mexico: September 2015 Worldwide sales (international sales agent): Shoreline Entertainment.
Cast & Crew
Director: Isaac Ezban Screenwriter: Isaac Ezban Producers: Salomón Askenazi, Miriam Mercado, Isaac Ezban, Andrea Quiroz Executive Producer: Salomón Askenazi, Miriam Mercado Director of Photography: Rodrigo Sandoval Vega Gil Production Design: Adelle Achar Editor: Salomón Askenazi Original Music: Edy Lan Sound Design: LSD Sound Studio (Lex Ortega / Luis Flores) Visual effects: Marius Henry Hoyo Cast: Raúl Méndez, Nailea Norvind, Hernán Mendoza, Humberto Busto, Fernando Álvarez, Gabriel Santoyo, Paulina Montemayor, Héctor Mendoza, Leonel Tinajero, Marcos Moreno, Luciana Villegas.
Quotes & Reviews
"A potent and ingenious riddle and a promising debut for Isaac Ezban... A complicated idea but very well structured... A great debut! Very, very ambitious and still it achieves everything it wants. Ezban is a necessary director in genre films in Mexico."
- Guillermo del toro
"A film that folks will be talking about for years and years to come in terms of engrossing ideas and innovative ideas about space and time. El Incidente is the type of sci fi that would make Bradbury, Serling, and Wells stand up and cheer. I was in awe of how clearl writer/director Isaac Ezban makes these complex and abstract concepts easy to follow without dumbing things down one bit. Blending sci fi, philosophy, psychology, and horror gently, expertly, and skillfully, El Incidente is a masterpiece in modern science fiction and should not be missed."
"Ezban is a thoughtful, resourceful, and adept director. Using a budget that must have been a mere fraction of a fraction of, say, Christopher Nolan’s undue Inception, Ezban takes an infinitely more imaginative and precarious approach, with a far better payoff. While it may not be of the same calibre of Tarkovsky’s Solaris or Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Incident is of the same lineage, and for a first effort, Ezban shows great potential. Ezban’s got a long career ahead of him, and it’s a thrill to see his first flight."
"The Incident is one of the most intriguing Mexican films of the year... one must applaud Ezban and his crew for making an interesting and believable science fiction effort with few resources. The Incident is bright and concise, perfectly expressing its director's (very human) concerns while also offering an exciting alternate world."
"Think an ultra-dark remake of Groundhog day produced by Damon Lindelof and directed by the ghost of Rod Serling, and you’re in the thematic neighborhood."
"It’s been a while since I’ve witnessed the uncomfortable confusion and frustration that accompany nightmares put to film in such a way. This is Mexican director Isaac Ezban’s first feature film, and I can’t wait to see what he’s got in store next"
- The guardian (UK)
"The Incident is a beautiful mindfuck. It’s a heart-pounding, frantic and disconcerting journey for audiences and characters alike as the action moves to a conclusion that is both terrifying and strangely hopeful. One of the scariest movies I’ve seen all year. The performances are top-notch and transcend the subtitles."
"Reality, time, and the cyclic nature of human existence are all explored in the intense sci-fi thriller The Incident. Ezban paints a mostly pessimistic picture of life. The main message of this mindbendingly entertaining picture is the even those who do know history are doomed to repeat it."
- Haps magazine
"A mind bending tale that has yet to leave my mind."
“Ezban’s influences, which range from Philip K. Dick to Rod Serling, are readily apparent, but there is a very original vision at work here. The Incident is an ambitious, puzzle-like film from a rising new talent.”
"Opening in bombastic fashion with a symphonic overture and a dizzying array of disconcerting images, The Incident wastes little time in putting you on edge and offering a tantalizing glimpse of the cosmic discord that’s to come. There are images here that would likely elicit a double-take from Alejandro Jodorowsky. Remarkably, just when its seems that conventional wisdom has completely unravelled, a sweeping, epiphanic climax ties the two storylines together in a manner that seemingly makes perfect sense. Or perhaps you’ve just finally attuned yourself to Ezban’s particular brand of metaphysical madness."