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"Sicario" with FBI agent Blunt brings drug violence to Cannes

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 00:42

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve brings subject of the brutality of the Mexican drug trade and the complicity of users in the violence that feeds their habits to Cannes with new film ''Sicario''. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY:A film that Canadian director Denis Villeneuve says is meant to break "a cover of silence" about the brutality of the Mexican drug trade and the complicity of users in the violence that feeds their habits blasted its way into Cannes on Tuesday (May 19). "Sicario", which means hitman in Latin America, is an action-packed thriller in which law agents cross territorial and legal boundaries. Emily Blunt of "The Devil Wears Prada" fame plays FBI agent Kate who gets recruited into a high-risk CIA-led drug operation across the border. Josh Brolin is Matt, the CIA team leader, while Benicio Del Toro, who played a conflicted cop in the 2000 narcotics-trade hit "Traffic", co-stars as a Colombian who has a role with the CIA team that does not become clear until the end. Villeneuve said he had been drawn to the script, in which many of the characters, except Kate, seem to be lacking any kind of moral compass, because it brought out the moral ambiguities of the war on drugs and the violence of the narcotics trade, and that he felt more films should be made on that reality. "I must say that the movie is not about Mexico, for me the movie is about America. But still, I felt that the screenplay was sensitive about that reality and I felt comfortable to talk about that reality because that reality was seen from the American point of view. And I know that there are strong movies coming out of Mexico like "Heli", two years ago or something like that, a very very powerful film. But I think that we should make more and more movies about that reality, people they are very afraid and I understand why. And it's just that I felt, as a film-maker, it was coming from my heart, it was what I wanted to talk about," he told a news conference. Del Toro said he was also very sensitive to the drug problem. "It's a big problem, the drug problem in Mexico and in the United States, and in Europe," he said.

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"Sicario" with FBI agent Blunt brings drug violence to Cannes

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 00:42