Mexican Dramas 'Heli,' 'Halley' Win Awards at Munich Film Festival

"Heli," a brutal drama about Mexico's drug wars, won the best director's honor in Cannes.

Romantic comedy “Love Steaks” from director Jakob Lass sweeps the German newcomer honors.

Mexican cinema took pride of place at this year's Munich International Film Festival, with Amat Escalante's drug drama Heli adding the festival's Arri/Osram best international film honor to his best director's win in Cannes and his fellow countryman Sebastian Hofmann taking the CineVision prize for his debut, the horror tale Halley.

The CineVision award, meant to honor cinematic innovation, was also presented, ex aequo, to Slovakian director Mira Fornay for his second feature film, My Dog Killer.

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In the German film section, Jakob Lass' feature film debut, Love Steaks, a romantic comedy about a couple who fall in love at a health spa, swept the Forderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino honors, winning best director, best screenplay (Lass with co-writers Timon Schappi, Ines Schiller and Nico Woche), best production (for producer Golo Schultz) and best acting honors for stars Lana Cooper and Franz Rogowski.

German director Fatima Geza Abdollahyan also took home multiple honors for his documentary Freedom Bus, a look at Egypt ahead of the 2011 elections. The film won the Munich audience award as well as the One Future Prize presented by Munich's Interfilm Academy.