Since 2006, the drug war in Mexico has claimed a death toll of more than 70,000 people – a far greater number than the soldiers killed in the Iraq war. Amat Escalante’s film depicts how even ordinary Mexicans can suddenly be pulled into the vortex of violence and corruption. Heli works on the assembly line in a car factory. The young father lives with his wife, his little son, his 12-year-old sister, and his own father in a small house in a desert region of the country. The trouble begins when Heli’s sister falls in love with a young soldier, who hides two packages of confiscated cocaine on the roof. When Heli discovers the stash, he destroys the drugs – a rash act he will come to regret. HELI caused a scandal at Cannes Film Festival 2013 due to an extremely violent sequence; at the end, the jury gave Escalante the Best Director award. That win is well deserved: HELI proves that this Mexican filmmaker ranks among the great talents in current world cinema.
Jaime Romandia, Titus Kreyenberg, Eva Eisenlöffel, Joost de Vries, Leontine Petit, Jean Labadie
Armando Espitia, Andrea Vergara, Linda Gonzales, Juan Eduardo Palacios
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Selected filmography Amat Escalante
SANGRE (2005), LOS BASTARDOS (2008), REVOLUCIÓN (2010)