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‘Heli’ Wins Top Prize at Munich Film Festival

Heli,” the Mexican cartel drama from director Amat Escalante, won the ARRI/OSRAM award for best film at the Munich International Film Festival.

The gala award ceremony took place on Saturday evening in the festival center at Gasteig.

In competition for the ARRI/OSRAM Award were the sixteen films by internationally acclaimed directors in the CineMasters section of the Munich Film Festival including, among others, Costa-Gavras (“Le Capital”), Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”), Alejandro Jodorowsky (“La Danza De La Realidad”), Asghar Farhadi (“Le Passé”), Michael Winterbottom (“Everyday”), Nicolas Winding Refn (“Only God Forgives”), Brillante Mendoza (“Thy Womb”) and Abdellatif Kechiche (“La Vie D’Adèle”).

Heli” is the third film by Escalante, whose mother is American: “My film explores the impact American culture has on Mexican society,” the director said. “Heli is set in a city that is very much like the city I grew up in, Guanajuato, a five-hour drive from Mexico City. General Motors built a plant there which changed the ecosystem, the landscape, the atmosphere of the town. Everything”

This year’s Munich jury was led by German actress Maria Schrader, New York publicist Peggy Siegal and Variety Executive Editor Steven Gaydos

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