Day 4 was the big premiere for Heli, a spanish film written and directed by Amat Escalante. The film was absolutely fantastic. First of all, it provided a fantastic story, simple in its elegance. About a young man, Heli, who has to fight for his wife and younger sister after randomly being in the wrong place at the wrong time and getting into trouble with the Mexican drug cartel. He is wrongfully blamed for losing a supply of drugs. The best part of the film was the cinematography. Everything was just…off about it. It was shot as if they were shooting a documentary–lots of hand-held, back seat of the car shots that are also comparable to stuff Jean Luc Godard shot. He also locks the camera off a lot for long takes and doesn’t seem to care if the subject is within the frame or not. It was great. There was also no soundtrack, which added to the overt realism of the project.
The best part about the screening was that we not only found a way to sneak around the line and go through a side entrance from everyone else, but then our tickets–which were supposed to be for the balcony–got instantly upgraded to the orchestra! They were trying to fill seats in the large pit section up front. So then they walked us down to two rows in front of where the stars of the film were about to sit down.