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I'm Gonna Explode
Foreign Title: Voy a explotar

Directed by Gerardo Naranjo
Running time: 106 minutes

Román just hung himself. Well, that’s what it looked like to the high school auditorium packed with parents, students, teachers, and his father, a prominent government official of Guanajuato, Mexico. But the act—entitled “See You in Hell” as part of the talent show—was merely one of many recent attention-seeking efforts by Román, and only one person was impressed—Maru, a working-class loner who confides solely in her diary. When the two teenage delinquents meet in detention, they immediately hit it off. Together, they plot an elaborate, angst-infused scheme (which includes equal amounts of grand larceny and cutting class) to escape the confines of adolescent existence. And, despite their unique vision of freedom, they manage to pull it off, at least for now. In his third film I’M GOING TO EXPLODE, Gerardo Naranjo captures compelling performances of his two young actors in a sincere exploration of teenage ennui, evoking both the spirit and style of the French New Wave in a contemporary Mexican drama. (In Spanish with English subtitles) – E.J.B.



Continental Airlines World Tour, Cinema en Español, Someone to Watch


Pablo Cruz, Gerardo Naranjo, Hunter Gray, Alain de la Mata


Gerardo Naranjo


Tobias Datum


Yibran Azuad

Principal Cast

Maria Deschamps, Juan Pablo de Santiago, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Rebecca Jones, Martha Claudia Moreno

Director Bio

Born in the small town of Salamanca, Mexico, Gerardo Naranjo began his formal film education at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. After earning his MFA at the American Film Institute, he has directed three internationally acclaimed feature films.

Select Filmography

“Malachance” (2004), “Drama/Mex” (2006), I’M GOING TO EXPLODE (2008)



Print Source

IFC Films
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Ticket Information
Tuesday, March 24 at 6:50 pm - Tickets are not yet on sale.
Wednesday, March 25 at 11:30 am - Tickets are not yet on sale.

The 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)


WHAT:            The 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)

http://www.clevelandfilm.org or 216.623.FILM (3456)


WHEN:            March 19 – 29, 2009


WHERE:          Tower City Cinemas in Tower City Center in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio


WHY:              It’s Starting!  For the past 33 years, the CIFF has been the premier film event in Ohio.  Today the CIFF presents a full survey of contemporary international and American Independent filmmaking, with more than 130 features and over 160 short subjects from at least 60 countries. 


In addition to the main World Tour program, there are sidebars that add interest and diversity to the overall Festival and help attendees navigate the offerings.  These include 10% Cinema (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender films), American Independents, Cinema En Español, Documentaries, Eastern European films, Family Films, It’s Easy Being Green (films dealing with environmental issues), Jewish and Israeli Visions, Medical Mart (films dealing with health care and medical issues), Midnight Snacks (bizarre and unusual films…even for us), Pacific Pearls, Pan-African Images, Scandinavian Screenings, Standing Up (films with a conscience), and Women of the World (films made by women or focusing on women’s issues).  And once again the CIFF will include a Local Heroes section, which spotlights works by local filmmakers. 


Dozens of filmmakers and other special guests attend the CIFF where they introduce their screenings, discuss their work, and participate in FilmForums (which are panel discussions that give audience members a chance to talk about the films they’ve seen at the Festival).  Other Festival components include: 


•     Director’s Spotlight - the CIFF shines a deserved spotlight on a director whose career warrants an in-depth look.


•     Someone To Watch – the CIFF focuses on a handful of early or mid-career filmmakers by screening their latest work with an earlier film.


•     Cultural Journeys – a CIFF program that opens windows onto other diverse worlds. This year Cultural Journeys will focus on the Islamic World.


•     FilmSlam – a mini-festival of CIFF films for high school students.



Again this year the CIFF is privileged to present the Central & Eastern European Film Competition, with a $10,000 cash prize, and the Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Film Competition, with a $5,000 cash prize.  Each competition will be judged by three jurors and the awards will be announced on Closing Night of the 33rd CIFF.


The CIFF is also privileged to present its Greg Gund Memorial Program.  Endowed by the George Gund Foundation, this permanent section of the CIFF will include the screening of a film and the presentation of the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition Award, which has a $5,000 cash prize (Greg is the son of George Gund, one of the founding trustees of the CIFF). 


WHO:             Annual attendance for the 11-day CIFF has climbed to more than 52,000.  Patrons can vote on the feature films they see and determine the recipient of the Roxanne T. Mueller Award (the internationally recognized CIFF audience choice award).


HOW:             Program Guides will be available in late February and ticket sales will begin at that time (www.clevelandfilm.org).  Tickets go on sale to members only on February 27th — one week before they go on sale to the general public on March 6th.  Because advance tickets for many screenings sell quickly, patrons are advised to purchase tickets as early as possible.  And the best way to ensure a seat at the Festival is to become a “CIFF Fan” at any one of our five levels of membership – especially at a passholder level. 


INFO:             Debby Samples, Marketing & Membership Director

                        Call:  216.623.3456 x14   Fax:  216.623.0103

                        E-mail:  [email protected]

                        Website:  www.clevelandfilm.org







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