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HELI

Heli, ein junger Mann, der als Arbeiter in einer Automobilfabrik seinen Lebensunterhalt verdient, lebt gemeinsam mit seinem Vater, seiner 12-jährigen Schwester Estela, seiner Frau und dem gemeinsamen Kind in einem kleinen Haus am Rande einer Stadt in Zentralmexiko.

Seine Schwester Estela lernt den jungen Polizeikadetten Beto kennen, der das junge Mädchen ungeachtet ihres beinahe noch kindlichen Alters gerne heiraten würde.

Um diesem Ziel näher zu kommen, entwendet Beto mehrere Päckchen mit Kokain und versteckt sie auf dem Dach von Estelas Familie - nicht ahnend, dass er sie und ihre Familie damit einem gewaltigen Risiko aussetzt. Denn nicht nur das Drogenkartell, sondern auch eine Sondereinheit der Polizei und das Militär sind offensichtlich in die Geschäfte mit den Drogen verwickelt und arbeiten Hand in Hand.

Die Folgen dieser Verwicklungen erschüttern Helis Leben und das seiner Familie. 

HELI ist der mexikanische Oscar-Beitrag 2014.

Mexiko/Frankreich/Deutschland 2013 | Spielfilm | 105 Minuten | HD | 1:1.85 | Farbe | Dolby 5.1 | Spanisch dt. oder engl. Untertiteln | Mantarraya - Le Pacte - unafilm - Lemming Film

 

FESTIVALS:
Cannes Filmfestival 2013 (Beste Regie), Filmfest München 2013 (Bester Internationaler Spielfilm), Montreal Filmfestival 2013 (Bester Internationaler Spielfilm), Filmfestival Lima 2013 (Bester Internationaler Spielfilm), Karlovy Vary Filmfestival 2013, Filmfestival San Sebastian 2013, Rotterdam Filmfestival 2014, etc.


DEUTSCHER KINOSTART: 18.09.2014


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HELI

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

  

FESTIVALS:
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.



GERMAN THEATRICAL RELASE: 18.09.2014



CAST / TEAM / CREW

Darsteller / Cast: Armando Espitia (Heli), Andrea Vergara (Estela), Linda Gonzalez (Sabrina), Juan Eduardo Palacios (Beto), etc.
Regie / director: Amat Escalante
Buch / screenplay: Amat Escalante, Gabriel Reyes
Kamera / cinematography: Lorenzo Hagerman
Schnitt / editing: Natalia Lopez
Musik / music: Lasse Marhaug
Ton / sound: Catriel Vildosola, Raul Santana Torres
Tonmischung / sound mix: Vincent Arnardi
Kostüm / costumes: Daniela Schneider
Line Producers: Nicolas Celis
Produzenten / Producers: Jaime Romandia
Produktion / Production: Mantarraya
Koproduzenten / Coproducers: Jean Labadie, Titus Kreyenberg, Eva Eisenloeffel
Koproduktion / Coproduction: Le Pacte, unafilm, Lemming Film
Associate Producer: Amat Escalante
Mit Unterstützung von / with the support of: ZDF/ARTE, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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