Breakthrough director Gerardo Naranjo’s 2008 New York Film Festival favorite I’m Gonna Explode returns to The Film Society, along with screenings of his vibrant second feature, Drama/Mex. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of cinema’s fastest rising stars.
I’m Gonna Explode / Voy a explotar
Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico, 2008; 106m Roman, the son of a sleazy right-wing congressman, contributes to his high school talent show by attempting to hang himself on stage. Maru, from the other side of the tracks, is the only one who claps. They bond in detention, and after staging a mock abduction it’s off in a stolen Volkswagen with daddy’s gun to the end of the night. Two wonderfully fresh performances by Maria Deschamps and Juan Pablo di Santiago grace this engaging and often funny youth film, a 2008 New York Film Festival selection.
Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico, 2006; 105m Produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna and selected for Critics’ Week at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Drama/Mex weaves together three stories set in decidedly non-tourist sections of Acapulco. Chano won’t accept that his ex-girlfriend Fernanda doesn’t want him anymore. Her current beau Gonzalo wants to fight for what he now thinks is his. And having helped himself to his company’s payroll, Jaime plans to end it all in a cozy cottage on the beach. Naranjo deftly unites these three perspectives through shifting timeframes and unexpected turns.