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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2010: Amat Escalante’s Heli

Like his mentor Reygadas, Escalante favors a brute force aesthetic realism that goes a long way in describing the realities of modern day Mexico.

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#23. HELI

Director/Writer: Amat Escalante
Producers: Jaime Romandia (producer for Carlos Reygadas’ films)
Distributor: Rights Available.

Amat Escalante Heli

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The Gist: In a small Mexican town, 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.

Cast: None mentioned so far, but I imagine he’ll use non-actors who might have experienced some of the realities proposed in the screenplay.    

Why is it on the list?: Like his mentor Reygadas, Escalante favors a brute force aesthetic realism that goes a long way in describing the realities of modern day Mexico. 

Release Date/Status?: Update: this is still in pre-production and should begin filming in the summer, so perhaps earliest would be Cannes in 2011…where Escalante showcased Los Bastardos and Sangre.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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