Director Krisstian de Lara speaks about El Flaco’s premiere, ‘bad hombres’ and burritos

Kn2s Productions interviews Krisstian de Lara, director of El Flaco, an award winning documentary short film, to discuss El Flaco‘s Premiere in Mexico City’s Film Festival, Cinema Burrito.

El Flaco is a five minute documentary featuring a male prostitute who pays for police protection to be able to work in downtown streets of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

De Lara is an up-and-coming director that has shot films in Texas, South Florida, Mexico and Spain. He made his feature film directorial debut with horror film, Investigation 13 and is currently in the production of his second and third directorial features: Dressed in Sugar and Rift City.

In this interview, De Lara goes into detail about El Flaco’s increasing international interest, his favorite burrito and his thoughts about the film’s first screening ever in Mexico City.

Below is the full interview with the director:

Thank you Krisstian for joining us today for this Kn2s Productions interview and congratulations on the premiere of El Flaco in Mexico City at Cinema Burrito this Thursday, May 18th.
De Lara: Thank you for having me, I’m so excited for the premiere in Mexico City. Did you know that Ciudad Juarez, where I’m from, is known for their good burritos?

Really? We should have one right now as we do this interview.
De Lara: Yes, in honor of everyone who will be watching El Flaco and other border films this Thursday.

1. Speaking about that, Cinema Burrito will exclusively showcase films from the border community of Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Why do you think that is?
De Lara: Juarez, Mexico has been known internationally as the eye of the hurricane due to the historic high wave of violence, crime against women, and the war among the drug cartels. Unfortunately, these events have become iconic to the city and have been portrayed in this negative light in various forms of media for years. Juarez might not be perfect and it will continue to seek social justice and economic growth like any other developing city in Mexico, but I know their people, I’ve worked with them, I’ve eaten burritos with them and they are not drug dealers or “bad hombres.” Juarenses are working people, seeking a better future, just like El Flaco, and I am glad Cinema Burrito is putting a spotlight on the works of exactly these kind of people, in front and behind the camera.

2. Which are your favorite burritos?
De Lara: Haha I love burritos and I think I’ve tried everything out there. You can technically put anything inside a taco or a burrito and I’ll eat it.

3. Lastly, what does it feel like to premiere El Flaco in no other place than Mexico City?
De Lara: It’s fantastic! Mexico City is known for fine arts and films and to think that El Flaco will premiere in the epicenter of all that, its mesmerizing. Thank you to the director of the festival, Alfonso Duarte, for giving me and this documentary a space in his program. I’m delighted to bring the story of El Flaco to an international audience. I’m very pleased to know that border stories are creating big waves in cinema and making their way to an international appeal.

Thank you Krisstian and looking forward to the premiere of El Flaco in Mexico City.

De Lara concludes the interview by thanking Kn2s Productions, and inviting the audience to watch El Flaco on the big screen this Thursday May 18th at 7:00pm at Galería Breve.

Watch El Flaco’s trailer below or click here.

El Flaco will be screening at the Cinema Burrito, La generación que nunca fue:
Galería Breve – Thursday May 18th, 2017 at 7:00pm in Mexico City, Mexico.
Films will be screening from May 18th throughout May 28th.
View the program here. | Visit the Official site: kn2s.com/elflaco

Photography by Dong Kyu Lee. © Copyright 2017

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