HELI - a feature film by Amat Escalante
GERMAN THEATRICAL RELASE: 18.09.2014 / GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: temperclayfilm
Like most of the men in his small town in the state of Guanajuato, Heli, a young family man, works at the Hirotec plant assembling cars, as does his father. Together they support Heli's sister Estela, a spunky teenage girl, his similarly young wife Sabrina, and his infant son Santiago. Surely they manage to make ends meet earning an honest living, but there are visible apathetic undertones in their behavior that resemble the vast desolation of the arid setting.
Falling in love for the first time, middle schooler Estela is secretly dating 17-year-old cadet Beto. Easily amused, she enjoys going for rides in his worn out car while he proudly showcases his strength and knowledge acquired during military training. Despite Beto's efforts to get intimate, their juvenile romance is something rather innocent and pure. The young man has plans of marrying Estela and moving away, but in order to realize his ambition he decides to take a dangerous route. Familiar with his superior's illegal hiding spot, he steals a couple cocaine packages and hides them in Estela family's water tank with intentions of reselling them.
Casually discovering the packages, Heli doesn't hesitate to destroy them, and immediately prohibits Estela from seeing her boyfriend. Still, it is already to late to avoid the consequences of their involuntary involvement. Just as Heli and his father discus the incident, a squad of murderous policemen breaks in to then kill the older man. Heli and his sister are kidnapped alongside Beto to be punished for their family's fault. After enduring appalling torture, Heli survives the ordeal, but is now faced with unfathomable hardships to rebuild his life. Between the flagrantly shameless corruption of the authorities and his pent up frustration, Heli can't make sense out of his helpless condition. Having no clue of Estela's whereabouts, he is taken over by violence and the need for liberating vengeance.
HELI is Mexico`s oscar-entry of 2014.
Mexico/France/Germany 2013 | Spielfilm | 105 Minuten | HD | 1:1.85 | Color | Dolby 5.1 | Spanish with German subtitles | Mantarraya - Le Pacte - unafilm - Lemming Film
Cannes Filmfestival 2013 (Best Director), Filmfest Munich 2013 (Best International Feature Film), Montreal Filmfestival 2013 (Best International Feature Film), Filmfestival Lima (Best International Feature Film), Karlovy Vary Filmfestival 2013, Filmfestival San Sebastian 2013, Rotterdam Filmfestival 2014, etc.