Success at Venice for Gerardo Naranjo, whose Voy a explotar won him a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival last Monday night, as well as personal congratulations from Guillermo Arriaga and producers Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna (Canana Films). Next, the director of Drama/Mex (2006) will go to the Toronto International Film Festival (showing tomorrow: Sunday, 7 September; and again: Tuesday, 9 September) and the New York Film Festival (showing 28 and 29 September). Read more.
Ramon, the son of a sleazy right-wing congressman, contributes to his new high school’s talent show by ineptly attempting to hang himself on stage. Maru is the only one who claps. They bond in detention, and then it’s off in a stolen Volkswagen with daddy’s gun to the end of the night… or something like that.
Also at Venice, Carlos Armella‘s short film Tierra y pan has been awarded the Golden Lion. Read more. Also in competition at these end-of-summer festivals in Guillermo Arriaga‘s The Burning Plain. And the Coen brothers’ Burn after Reading is out, with film work by Emmanuel Lubezki. I’m looking forward to it.