‘Bala’ is Mexico Oscar entry

Gerardo Naranjo's film will also vie for Goya

MEXICO CITY — Helmer Gerardo Naranjo’s narco drama “Miss Bala” is Mexico’s choice for entry into the the Oscars’ foreign-language film category and the foreign-film-in-the-Spanish-language category for Spain’s Goya film awards.

The announcement came Thursday from Mexico’s Academy of Film Arts and Sciences.

The honor is a first for both Naranjo, who bowed the pic in Cannes in May, and indie Canana Films, founded by thesps Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal and managed by Pablo Cruz.

“Miss Bala,” which is currently in Mexican theaters, relates the tale of a beauty queen wanabe forced into a nightmarish world of spiraling violence and corruption. It was penned by Naranjo and Mauricio Katz.

“This means a huge step for Canana after seven years of doing films, to finally be recognized by the Mexican Academy,” Cruz said, adding that Fox is planning a U.S. release for January.

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