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Miss Bala (R)

Since MISS BALA’s extraordinary debut at the Cannes Film Festival, Gerardo Naranjo has been heralded as a major talent. The Official Mexican Oscar ® entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category, MISS BALA has enjoyed an illustrious festival run that includes – in addition to Cannes – the Toronto International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. Naranjo was recently included in Variety’s 2011 list of 10 Directors to Watch.

MISS BALA tells the story of Laura, a young woman whose aspirations of becoming a beauty queen turn against her, delivering her into the hands of a gang that’s terrorizing northern Mexico. Although Laura succeeds in winning the beauty queen crown, her experiences as an unwilling participant in Mexico’s violent drug war leave her shaken and transformed.