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    Mexican Director Amat Escalante Talks Violent Love Story 'Heli,' Out Now in Select Cities

    When it screened at Cannes in 2013, the Mexican film “Heli” raised eyebrows and some hackles for its unsparing evocation of Mexico’s drug-war violence, including torture. A compelling story of one simple family who, through no real fault of their own, stumble into a nightmare, “Heli” was director Am...

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    Review: 'Manuscripts Don't Burn' is the Most Important Moviegoing Experience of the Year

    "Manuscripts Don't Burn" does such a thorough job of highlighting the tyranny in modern day Iran that its very existence represents a victory of creation.

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    LatinoBuzz: Amat Escalante, 'Heli' and Cinema as a Cathartic Medium

    Focusing on the horrors that a single family has to undergo the story is a bold statement that confronts the subject fearlessly and avoids sentimentalism. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and chosen as Mexico's Official Submission to compete for the Best Foreign La...

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    LatinoBuzz: Mexico's Violent Present Explored in 'Heli' - A Gripping and Fearless Tour de Force

    For close to a decade now, the Mexican people have been served a daily dose of terror. Tortured, beheaded, and dismembered bodies appear every day scatter around the country as retribution and collateral damage of the ongoing drug war. Reveling in the ubiquitous impunity, such elaborate nightmarish ...

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    The Platinum Awards: The First Major International Iberoamerican Cinema Awards

    The first ever Platinum Awards for International Iberoamerican Cinema Awards was a gala presentation in Panama City, Panama April 5th, sponsored by EGEDA and FIPCA (The Producers Association). Winners for best Iberoamerican talent in the most important global event promoting and supporting the Iber...

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    Buy A Damn Clip-On: How to Navigate the Cannes Film Festival's Opening Night

    Cannes celebrates the superficiality of posh, luxurious spectacles while forcing its guests to struggle through the chaos.

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    Cannes Review: 'Heli' A Beautifully Shot But Despairing Look At Corrupted Lives

    "Now you'll get to know God in the land of the damned," a military police officer threatens chillingly midway through "Heli." But this is just further confirmation of where things are going, as the movie makes it clear from the start that it's headed down a bracing path in which neither animals nor ...

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