Miss Bala

Miss Bala

Miss Bala is the latest in a long line of Latin movies to hit the big screen - a genre of film that has always been of the highest quality.

So to celebrate the release of the movie we take a look back over some of the best Latin movies in recent years.
- Amores Perros (Love’s a Bitch) 2000

Tagline: 'Love is betrayal. Love is anguish. Love is sin. Love is selfish. Love is hope. Love is pain. Love is death. What is love? Love's a bitch.'

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, this captivating and intense Spanish film is the collection of three different stories, tied together with one horrific car accident.

Each story is filled with love and suspense, along with betrayals, lust, thrills and chills. For the scene of the car accident, 'The car crash sequence was shot with nine simultaneous cameras, including two on adjacent rooftops and one hidden in a trash barrel.'

This is one film from the vaults of the Latin Cinema that you do not want to miss!

- Maria Full of Grace (2004)

Tagline: 'These pellets contain heroin. Each weighs 10 grams. Each is 4.2 cm long and 1.4 cm wide. And they're on their way to New York in the stomach of a 17-year-old girl.'

Set in Columbia, María Álvarez is 17 years old and pregnant. She is fired from her job, and in order to help support her family, she decides to take a job as a drug mule, transporting drugs to America.

Catalina Sandino Moreno, who plays María Álvarez, 'became the first actress ever to be nominated to Best Actress at the Oscars for a role that it is spoken entirely in Spanish.'

After watching this suspenseful and heart-wrenching drama, it won’t be hard to see why she was nominated. 'Based on 1,000 true stories,' this film will have you sitting on the edge of your seat until the very end.

- City of God (2002)

Tagline: 'Fight and you’ll never survive. Run and you’ll never escape.'

What once began as pact between a gang, known as the Tender Trio, and the people of the City of God in Brazil, has led to an all out war between the two new rival gangs of the city.

A boy named Rocket dreams of being a photographer, and his only way to leave the City of God is to photograph the violence and bloodshed for the newspapers.

Filled with deception, lies, betrayal, mistrust, and the spark of honesty within Rocket himself, and 'voted movie of the year by Empire magazine in 2003,' this Brazilian film is a must see.

- The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

Tagline: 'Let the world change you... and you can change the world.'

Two friends in their 20s set out on a journey across South America, over 8000 kilometres in only four months. At first, Alberto and Ernesto only want to be tourists of South America, exploring and having fun.

But their perceptions change dramatically after journeying through the slums, seeing the poverty of the people, and witnessing the problems of the class system in the cities.

Based on their true story from the 1950s, 'the closing credits are overlaid on original photos from the real journey of Alberto and Ernesto,' making The Motorcycle Diaries film even more awe-inspiring and thought-provoking.

- Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too) 2001

Tagline: 'Life has a way of teaching us. Life has a way of confusing us. Life has a way of changing us. Life has a way of amazing us. Life has a way of hurting us. Life has a way of healing us. Life has a way of inspiring us.'

This Mexican film begins with two teenage boys, living in Mexico City, who create a fictional road trip to a fictional secluded beach in order to impress the beautiful Luisa, who has just moved from Spain.

Faced with infidelity from her husband, Luisa decides to go with the boys on the road trip of their lives. Lies, lust, despair and passion, all feed into the backdrop of rural Mexico’s devastating poverty.

'Broke Mexican Box office records on June 8th, 2001, grossing £2million in its first week, the biggest opening ever for a Mexican film,' making this one of the most successful films to come from the Latin cinema.

- Miss Bala (2011)

Miss Bala (Miss Bullet in English) tells the story of Laura, a young aspiring beauty queen who finds her dream turned against her when she unwillingly gets involved with a criminal group at war in today's lawless Mexico.

Talented director Gerado Naranjo was supported by his famous producers Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna helped him to create an epic thriller for his third feature.

Ex-model Stephanie Sigman is the fantastic as a girl who finds herself used by the brutal criminals. The beautifully directed film  racks up the tension all the way to the powerful finale.

It also features some of the visceral shoot outs seen since Michael Mann’s now classic crime drama Heat (1995).

Miss Bala is the latest Latin film that you simply cannot afford to miss in the cinema.

Miss Bala is released 29th October.