proof of concept short film - fiction - 13min55 - usa - spanish with english subtitles
color - aspect: 2:39 - dcp - sound: stereo
A young family is thrown into upheaval after receiving a sinister message from the local cartel in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.
2019 Mammoth Film Festival Grand Jury Short Award | HBO Premiere, March 2020
THE DISHWASHER (EL LAVAPLATOS) follows a little boy named Cristian, whose father has recently been promoted from dishwasher to line-cook, and decides to take his family out for a celebratory dinner that evening. The happy family’s dinner is suddenly interrupted when they receive a message from El Pez, an underboss for the local cartel. And just like that… The celebration is over. El Pez orders his henchman, Soldado, to approach the family’s table where he gratuitously flexes his power. Forcing Cristian and his parents into a fight-or-flight situation, the walls continue to close in on the young family in this unrelenting thriller, culminating with a plot for vengeance.
Written & Directed By
Amir Malaklou & Marissa Messina
Luis Gonzalo Soto Flores
J. Carlos Flores
Director of Photography
Tyler Roth/Company 3
Sound Design/Re-Recording Mixer
Unit Production Manager
FULL CAST & CREW