Escalante’s “Heli” Representing Mexico in the Outstanding Foreign Language Film Oscar Race

Amat Escalante could possibly land his first Oscar nomination…

The 34-year-old Spain-born Mexican filmmaker’s critically acclaimed film Heli has been submitted to represent Mexico in the Outstanding Foreign Language Film Oscar race by the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas.

Amat Escalante

The film, which earned Escalante the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, offers a stark look at the effects of crime and corruption in Mexico.

It centers on a 12-year-old girl who falls in love with a young police cadet who wants to run away with her and get married. He gets mixed up cartels when he decides to smuggle drugs to earn money, with violent and tragic consequences.

Heli earned the best international film award at this year’s Munich International Film Festival and the

Escalante’s “Heli” Named Best Film at Lima Film Festival

Amat Escalante is having one Heli of an festival season…

The 34-year-old Mexican director’s latest film, Heli, won the prize for best film at the 17th Lima Film Festival, which drew more than 121,000 people, according to organizers.

Amat Escalante

Escalante won the best director prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and Heli was named best international film award at this year’s Munich International Film Festival.

The ultra-violent film, which takes a look at Mexico’s blood-drenched drug wars, tells the story of a family caught up in gangland battles in an unnamed desert region of contemporary Mexico and contains protracted torture scenes.

Argentine-Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Lelio won the best director prize for Gloria, whose star, Paulina Garcia, took home the best actress prize.

Uruguayan actor Nestor Guzzini won the best actor prize for his role in Tanta Agua, a work by Uruguayan filmmakers Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge.

Brazilian actress Gloria Pires was honored during the festival’s closing ceremony.

“I feel honored, I don’t believe I deserve to be at the same level as the other honorees,” Pires said.

The actress thanked her father, actor and comedian Antonio Carlos Pires, and filmmakers Fabio and Bruno Barreto, with whom she worked on movies like Flores raras and O Quatrilho.