Star producer Diego Luna on ‘Miss Bala,’ Mexico’s must-see thriller
Miss Bala, out today in limited theaters in New York and Los Angeles, is not your typical thriller. It’s not your typical commentary on Mexico’s drug war, either. Backed by Canana (Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal’s production company, along with Pablo Cruz), the film is told not from the point of view of a mythologized drug dealer or the law enforcement officers pursuing him, but through a naïve girl from Tijuana with beauty queen aspirations who really should know better than to hang out with silly girls who date narcs. With political corruption thrown into the mix, Miss Bala becomes a whole other beast—one that’ll thrill, frighten, confuse, anger, and haunt you—all things director Gerardo Naranjo intended to do.
Though the film was Mexico’s official entry for the Best Foreign Film category at the 2012 Oscars, it’s not on the Academy’s short list, and faces tough competition from Iran’s A Separation, among others. And that’s quite alright with Luna, who was so passionate about the film he lent his star power to promote it.
Watch Luna, Naranjo, and first-time actress Stephanie Sigman talk to Primer Impacto’s Daniela Ganoza about the film and what awards mean to them.
Miss Bala will roll out in other cities throughout February.