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Film of the Week

April 3, 2015

• Nicole Malek

What I loved about it:
“Elotes” is a simple story told beautifully. Like “Botiando,” the other wonderful short by Victor Hugo Duran that is in our Cinema, it inspects what it means to be a boy of color growing up in the city. How does an urban environment define manhood for these young, lovable hooligans? How do we teach our children to navigate moral qualms in such a complex space? In just five minutes, “Elotes” expertly asks these questions while drawing you into the world of these boys.
Why you should watch it:
My biggest pet peeve as a movie-watcher is hearing one of the characters say something that NO HUMAN WOULD EVER SAY. Unless the dialogue is intentionally stylized, nothing pulls me out of the world of a film faster than a line that is just plain unrealistic. By this measure, “Elotes” has a lot to teach film students. It’s dialogue feels natural, unforced, and native to its characters and location. Writers, watch and learn. 
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Who made it:
Victor Hugo Duran wrote, edited, and directed this film. Victor was born in Tlalnepantla, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, California. He completed my undergraduate education at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and received my M.F.A. in Film Directing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Check out more of his work here.


Nicole Malek

Community Manager, Seed&Spark



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