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Amat Escalante

Amat Escalante
Víctor Gaviria (center) at Talent Campus, Guadalajara (March 2009).
Born Amat Escalante
(1979-02-28) 28 February 1979 (age 35)[1]
Barcelona, Spain[2]
Nationality Mexican
Occupation Film director, producer and screenwriter
Years active 2002 - present

Amat Escalante (born 28 February 1979) is a Mexican film director, producer and screenwriter who won the best director prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


Escalante was born fortuitously in Barcelona, Spain, as his family —composed by a Mexican father and an American mother[4] — had been living in Norway.[5][6] He spent most of his early years in Guanajuato, Mexico,[2] but moved to Spain in 2001 to study film editing and sound at the Center for Cinematographic Studies of Catalonia (Centre d'Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya, CECC)[7] and apply for Spanish citizenship; which he failed to secure.[5]

After his stint in Barcelona, he joined the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Havana, Cuba;[7] an institution founded by Nobel prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez, Fernando Birri and the Julio García Espinosa "to support the development of national audio-visual industries" in non-aligned countries.[8] Back in Mexico, he directed a short film (Amarrados, 2002) that received an award at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival.

He worked as an assistant of Carlos Reygadas in Batalla en el cielo (2005).[9] During the filming of the movie —which entered the 2005 Cannes Film Festival— both became close friends, and Reygadas ended up co-producing some of Escalante's first films.[2] One of those films, Sangre (2005), filmed in November 2004 with a budget of US$60,000, was included in Un Certain Regard (a section of the same festival) and in both Rotterdam and San Sebastián.[10]

His film Heli was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and, controversially, was awarded the prize for Best Director by a jury presided by U.S. director Steven Spielberg.[11][12]


  • Heli (2013), director
  • Los bastardos (2008), director, producer, screenwriter
  • Sangre (2005), director, producer, screenwriter
  • The Legend of Pete Jones (2005), cinematographer
  • Amarrados (2002), producer

See also


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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