Heli

  • 105'
  • Mexico
  • 2013
Heli, a former CineMart project, is a hard-as-nails, pitch-black drama about unavoidable violence in Amat Escalante’s totally corrupt home country of Mexico, where drug dealers wear police uniforms and female cops show their breasts when desperately begged for help.
A good kid finds a stash of cocaine in the water tank on his house. He flushes it down the drain. Next day, the front door is smashed down by men in police uniforms. Father is immediately mown down, the boy and his 12-year-old sister bundled away.
The girl disappears from view, the boy is delivered to a house where kids are gaming in front of the TV. The Wii-sticks are exchanged for pieces of wood with which they then beat up the poor boy. His penis is set alight. ‘What did this one actually do?’ one of the boys asks. ‘No idea,’ another answers. Escalante, who had previously made an impression with Sangre and Los bastardos, was given an award as best director at the Cannes festival.

Director
Amat Escalante
Countries of production
Mexico, France, Germany
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
105'
Medium
DCP
Language
Spanish
Producers
Jaime Romandía, Amat Escalante, Fiorella Moretti, Carlos Reygadas
Production Companies
Mantarraya Producciones, Tres Tunas, No Dream Cinema
Sales
Le Pacte
Screenplay
Amat Escalante, Gabriel Reyes
Cinematography
Lorenzo Hagerman
Editor
Natalie Lopez
Production Design
Daniela Schneider
Sound Design
Sergio Diaz
Cast
Armando Espitia, Andrea Vergara