Lake Los Angeles

(Lake Los Angeles)
Mike Ott | Drama

2016 | 65 minutes | United States

A middle-aged Cuban man and a ten-year-old Mexican girl bond over being away from home in the hopeless back-drop that is Lake Los Angeles.


Lake Los Angeles tells the poignant story of Francisco, a middle-aged Cuban exile laboring at an immigrant "holding house" near Lake Los Angeles in Southern California. Amidst his daily routine, Francisco's life takes an unexpected turn when he encounters Cecilia, a 10-year-old Mexican girl who has crossed the border without her family.

As Francisco grapples with his own immigrant experience, he forms a unique bond with Cecilia, who finds herself navigating the challenges of survival alone. This gripping narrative explores themes of immigration, resilience, and human connection, making it an ideal choice for professors and librarians seeking to engage students in discussions about contemporary social issues and the immigrant experience.


"Two lone souls, both immigrants separated from their families, make a brief, potentially lasting father—daughter connection in "Lake Los Angeles," a tale of solitude, longing, poetic parables and comforting lies." — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

A dreamy slice of desert sun-baked magical realism... Ott's film casts spell while also remaining firmly rooted in the realities of that life." - Indiewire

Main credits

Ott, Mike (film director)
Ott, Mike (screenwriter)
Okatsuka, Atsuko (screenwriter)
Gioulakis, Alex (film producer)
Sánchez, Roberto (actor)
Trujillo, Johanna (actor)
Méndez, Eloy (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Mike Gioulakis; editing, Santos S. Santos; music, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir.

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Accolade Global Film Competition - Award of Merit Latino/Hispanic, Award of Merit Lead Actor; BendFilm Festival - Best Cinematography; Flathead Lake International Cinemafest - Best Actress; Indie Fest USA International Film Festival - Best Lead Actor; Los Angeles Film Festival; Tromso International Film Festival


NATIONALITY: United States

YEAR: 2016

GENRE: Drama


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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