The 3rd floor gallery of the California Museum of Photography is closed for the installation of Color Shift from August 12th through August 30th, reopening on August 31st.

Miss Bala

Directed by: Gerardo Naranjo

2012 | Mexico/USA | 1 hr 53 min


Friday, November 21, 2014, 7pm


Saturday, November 22, 2014, 3pm


Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7pm

“Gerardo Naranjo’s superb new feature, Miss Bala, brilliantly draws on the conflicted personality of a young beauty pageant contestant as a tragically stark emblem of Mexico’s all-enveloping drug wars. Stephanie Sigman as a Miss Baja aspirant is caught in a world of murky loyalties and shifting identities. Even the landscapes are imbued with something otherworldly. Making multiple references to Orson Welles’ border town classic Touch of Evil and Jean-Luc Godard’s apocalyptic Weekend, Naranjo finds his own idiom. From the cartel’s nighttime raid on a nightclub to a hotel shootout, he ensnares the viewer in mayhem. Meanwhile, Sigman’s tremulous, vivid performance anchors the movie. It’s a knockout.” Patrick McGavin, Boston Phoenix.

Won Directors to Watch, Palm Springs Film Festival 2012