EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a first trailer for Tribeca Film Festival world premiere selection Kokoloko by Mexican writer-director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala).
The Spanish-language film follows a woman named Marisol who is caught between her possessive and aggressive cousin, Mauro, and passionate but inert lover, Mundo. Violence is a constant presence in their rural Mexican town, with gangs and guerilla fighters a steady presence. When Mundo has to flee, their connection turns from physical to digital even when Marisol is held captive by her cousin.
Naranjo’s well-received previous film Miss Bala debuted at Cannes in 2011 and inspired the Sony remake starring Gina Rodriguez.
The Mexican filmmaker, who has also directed episodes of hit series Narcos and Fear The Walking Dead, told us about his latest feature, “The origin of the film was a tragic love story, a love that is doomed in a Greek way; a would-be girl soldier ready to do anything to escape reality, and her lover who would kill for her. Oaxaca is a powerful place in this country, and its social disparity is very problematic. Digital culture travels fast and allows a certain literacy to people who live in this place, but it also creates a cultural ignorance in regards to how we connect with each other. I wanted to explore both of these things within this story, so I took my super 16mm camera and a small group of collaborators to the coast of Oaxaca to make Kokoloko.”
Producers are Gabriel Garcia Nava and Naranjo while The Match Factory handles sales. Alejandra Herrera, Noé Hernández, Eduardo Mendizábal star.
Tribeca was one of the many festival casualties of coronavirus this spring.
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