Heli

(France, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, 2013, 105 mins, DCP)
Canadian Premiere
Director:
CAST Armando Espitia, Andrea Vergara, Linda González, Juan Eduardo Palacios, Kenny Johnston
PROD Jaime Romandia, Carlos Reygadas, Amat Escalante
SCR Amat Escalante, Gabriel Reyes
CAM Lorenzo Hagerman
ED Natalia López
PROD DES Daniela Schneider
PROD CO Mantarraya Films / Tres Tunas / Nodream Cinema
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Blue Is the Warmest Colour certainly wasn’t the only cause célèbre at Cannes this spring. The Steven Spielberg-helmed jury also courted controversy by awarding Best Director to Amat Escalante for this unflinching tale ripped from Mexico’s blood-soaked headlines. When teenagers Beto and Estela scheme to fund their elopement by peddling some stolen cocaine, the would-be bride’s well-intentioned brother Heli (Armando Espitia) is left to endure the brutal blowback. Recognizing that horrors of Mexico’s drug war demand our attention, Escalante crafts a brazenly confrontational film that simply refuses to be ignored. Not a punch is pulled; Heli is every bit as unshakeable as it should be.

"New Wave Mexican style: raw, gritty, and force fed… Creeping paranoia seeps into even the most innocuous moment, so the film functions as clammy thriller as well as poetic agitprop. [Escalante] has shot a damning indictment of contemporary Mexico, capturing its institutionalised corruption, its endemic cruelty. What makes it palatable are the grace notes: a cowboy with the curliest boots in the world, a Ray Cooney-ish reveal from a lady cop, a scene in which Beto proves his machismo to Estela by bench-pressing her. Squint, and the title makes more sense. Shut your eyes entirely to its horrors and you’ll really miss out."—Catherine Shoard, Guardian

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Mexico DF, CP 06170
mx
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