In Mexico, a lawless country, Laura, a young aspiring beauty queen finds her dream turned against her when she unwillingly gets involved with a criminal group at war.
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
I've owned this film for ages on DVD and just finished watching it. More fool me for leaving it so long. Great film, that just hurtles along at a relentless pace and never lets up. Personally, I have no first hand experience of the Mexican drug world but it looks brutal, unforgiving and exhausting. A mood perfectly portrayed in this effortlessly authentic film. One to watch again!
Gerardo Naranjo’s “neo-melo” Miss Bala is a relentless portrait of a society of violence and corruption.
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In the wake of the raves from Cannes, some of the reviews coming out of Toronto and New York may come as a surprise.
A look at the posters for the films in the main slate of this year’s New York Film Festival.
As I’ve mentioned before, movie posters are not much in evidence around the theaters of Cannes. One striking exception though was this
The first part of a video interview series from Cannes by myself and Ryland Walker Knight.
Gus van Sant attempts to rectify the expressions and evocations of his high-art re-invention, the so-called "death trilogy" (Gerry, Elephant
Updated through 5/21. To follow up on yesterday's "Snapshot" from Marie-Pierre Duhamel, a roundup of what, in this case, we might as well
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
El azar conduce nuestras vidas, ayudado por una fuerza superior que no permite emanciparnos de nuestro destino. Es el mensaje que parece mandar Gerardo Naranjo (Voy a explotar, 2008) con su nueva pel… read review