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A film by Amat Escalante

Mexico/Germany/Netherlands/France, Political Drama, 2013
105 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)


Estela is a 12-year-old girl who has just fallen crazy in love with a young police cadet who wants to run away with her and get married. While she tries to achieve this dream, her family must live with the violence that is devastating this region of Mexico. HELI premiered at Cannes in 2013, where director Amat Escalante was awarded Best Director by a jury presided over by Steven Spielberg.

Austin Premiere


About the director

Amat Escalante Amat Escalante is a self-taught filmmaker from the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. After making two short films, he wrote and directed his first feature film, SANGRE, shot in his city and premiering at Un Certain Regard Official Selection at Cannes 2005, where he was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. LOS BASTARDOS was his second feature, which also premiered at the Un Certain Regard Official Selection at Cannes 2008.


Producer: Amat Escalante, Carlos Reygadas, Jaime Romandia
Production Companies: Mantarraya, Tres Tunas
Screenwriter: Gabriel Reyes, Amat Escalante
Cinematographer: Lorenzo Hagerman
Editor: Natalia López
Sound Design: Catriel Vildosola, Sergio Díaz
Music: Lasse Marhaug
Cast: Armando Espitia, Linda Gonzalez, Juan Eduardo Palacios, Andrea Vergara

Print Source: Paul Hudson – Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us