From Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico.
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Gerardo Naranjo studied at the American Film Institute before he completed his first feature, Drama/Mex. Getting a bit bored with his own work in the wake of his last film, I’m Gonna Explode (Voy A Explotar), Naranjo decided to shake up his entire approach to making movies. “I reached a point where I was not even challenging myself,” Naranjo explained in Cannes. “I felt I had to do something I didn’t know how to do.” While his previous films grew out of a very free-flowing process, resulting in rough cuts that would clock in at up to six hours long, his latest came from a controlled environment. 155 shots to start, trimmed down to 130 cuts. “Not a single thing that is not pre-planned,” Naranjo explained of his new movie. In fact, he even shot the whole movie once in video—to get everyone on the same page—before filming it for real.