The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven)

Tigers Are Not Afraid

“This is one terrific film. Both tough and touching. Two minutes in, I was under its spell.”Stephen King

A smash hit at last year’s Hola Mexico Film Festival, director Issa López’ spellbinding and spooky Tigers Are Not Afraid returns to The Frida, thanks to Variance Films!

Originally titled Vuelven, this dark fantasy follows Estrella, a 10-year-old girl who has three wishes. Her first is for her missing mother to return. Estrella’s wish is granted, but with a twist—her mother is dead, and her ghost begins to follow her everywhere. Terrified, Estrella tries to escape by joining a gang of orphan children, but she quickly discovers that in the real world, ghosts are never truly left behind.

Hailed by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro as one of the best Mexican films in recent years, Tigers Are Not Afraid is a surprisingly heartfelt genre film that playfully surpasses all expectations.

Presented in Spanish, with English subtitles.


“Issa López is an incredibly exciting filmmaker who, if there is any justice, will go on to have a career comparable to Guillermo del Toro.” — Fiona Underhill, Jumpcut Online

“On the evidence of her first film, [director Issa López] has a phenomenal career ahead of her, and it will be fascinating to see what she does next.” — Matthew Turner, Hero Collector

“López’s fable has already drawn comparisons to Pan’s Labyrinth, but has a phantasmagoric energy and modern urgency all its own.” — Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader