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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Amat Escalante’s Heli

#21. Amat Escalante’s Heli

Gist: Less encompassing than the Un Certain Regard selected Miss Bala, shot in various locations outside the city of Guanajuato, where most citizens work for an automobile assembly plant or the local drug cartel, Heli is confronted with police corruption, drug trafficking, sexual exploitation, love, guilt and revenge in the search for his father who has mysteriously disappeared.

Prediction: Should it be finally ready (we damn hope it is), the film which Escalante calls a cross between Sangre (2005) and Los bastardos (2008) should follow in the same footsteps as his previous pair: three films all selected for the Un Certain Regard section.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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