Maru (Maria Deschamps) and Roman (Juan Pablo De Santiago) are a couple of rebellious 15 year olds, drawn to each other by a shared distrust and refusal of the adult world. They leave school and ostensibly run away, but secretly camp out on Roman’s rooftop, drink, listen to music and generally act out a time honoured pubescence. Meanwhile their respective parents get together to fret about their little ones… whereupon they drink, flirt and act much like teenagers themselves. –Twitch Film
Gerardo Naranjo grew up in Salamanca, Mexico, and studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. After making the short film Black Dog (01), he earned an M.F.A. at the American Film Institute. Upon completing his award-winning thesis film, The Last Attack of the Beast (02), he went on to direct the features Malachance (03), Drama/Mex (06), the Festival title I’m Gonna Explode (08), Revolución (10) and Miss Bala (11). —TIFF
This movie's really sweet and it's interesting to see how Maru and Roman play off each others differences and stick throgh together. It's got the depth that couldn't fit into the action of one day in "Drama/Mex" but both movies have a richness that compliment subsequent viewings. As a new fan of Naranjos, I won't feel at peace until I own his whole filmography
The film plays like a love letter to Godard. Particularly paying homage to Breathless and Pierrot Le Fou. I liked most of it, it meandered a bit but so does Godard's films. As much it felt like a Mexican version of a Godard film, it still retained it's own flavor. Gerardo Naranjo definitely made good on the promise this film showed with Miss Bala. Can't wait to see more from this filmmaker.
Gerardo Naranjo’s “neo-melo” Miss Bala is a relentless portrait of a society of violence and corruption.
The first part of a video interview series from Cannes by myself and Ryland Walker Knight.
In his second film Voy a explotar (I'm Going to Explode, which premiered at Venice Mostra in 2009) Gerardo Naranjo paid a double, vibrant