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WINNER: Cine Latino Award (shared)
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Mexico, 2013, 105 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany, Netherlands,France
Topics: Coming of Age, Latino, Political
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Cannes: Best Director

This will end badly. We know that from the film’s grim opening sequence, in which armed gangsters bundle a bloodied captive out of their SUV, drag him up onto a footbridge, string a rope around his neck and drop him over the side. It’s not just a murder, it’s a public announcement. We are in Mexico, and circling back a couple of days, 17-year-old Heli would seem to be in a reasonably secure place: he’s married with a young son, and working on a car assembly line like his father, with whom he still lives. Also in the home is Heli’s kid sister, Estrela, a studious child who is harboring a secret. Her boyfriend is much older than she is, an army cadet. Humiliated by his comrades, he makes a dreadful miscalculation…

Amat Escalante has hammered out a gripping, brutal film about a well-meaning, naïve, impoverished family visited by shocking, ugly violence, more collateral damage in the devastating drug trade. A prolonged torture sequence is particularly difficult to watch, not least for the callous indifference of the perpetrators, momentarily distracted from their video games.

Winner: Best Director, Cannes Film Festival

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Amat Escalante
Producer: Amat Escalante, Carlos Reygadas, Jaime Romandia
Editor: Natalia Lopez
Screenwriter: Amat Escalante, Gabriel Reyes
Cinematographer: Lorenzo Hagerman
Principal Cast: Andrea Vergara, Armando Espitia, Juan Eduardo Palacios, Linda González, Juan Eduardo Palacios
Filmography: Los bastardos (2008)
Sangre (2005)

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