Amat Escalante's 'Heli' Wins Top Jury Prize at Montreal Film Fest

4:29 PM PST 10/19/2013 by Etan Vlessing

The brutal Mexican drug war drama won the Louve d'Or at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema after earlier taking the best director prize at Cannes.

TORONTO – Amat Escalante's brutal Mexican drug war drama Heli was named best international feature at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal on Saturday.

The Canadian festival gave its top jury prize, the Louve d'Or, to Mexico's foreign-language Oscar submission, which earlier won the best director prize at Cannes, followed by a raft of other festival trophies.

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In the same category, the Montreal jury gave a special jury prize to Simon Gross and Nana Ekvtimishvili's In Bloom, a coming-of-age drama set during Georgia's civil war.

And the best actor/actress award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema went to Samantha Castillo for her star-turn in Bad Hair (Pelo Malo), Venezuelan writer-director Mariana Rondon's drama about a preteen boy whose obsession with his hair causes friction with his widowed mother.

The Montreal festival will wrap on Sunday after screening 273 films from 47 countries.

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