Ekaj (2015)

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EKAJ is a love story between two drifters, a naive teenager and a hustler. The film capture's the journey of a runaway in New York City. Ekaj meets Mecca who takes him under his care. Mecca has AIDS and multiple problems of his own. He is high all day but still manages to be the only voice of reason in Ekaj's hopeless world. They cruise the city together looking for money and places to stay. The core of the movie is Ekaj, who thinks he will become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life but ends up finding his dreams quickly shattered. Although he makes some money as a prostitute, he finds himself disposable,replaceable and lacking what it takes to survive in the city. Their mutual loneliness leads to genuine friendship.

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Ekaj shows flashes of brilliance and wisdom. It's reminiscent of an early film by the Safdie Brothers but manages to create its own place among the subgenre.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A compelling directorial debut from Cati Gonzalez, thanks to her confident direction, strong lead performances, striking cinematography, punchy themes and distinct characters.

Dec 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Gonzales's ability to tell a story using fast-paced imagery is unlike anything I've seen before. She never wastes a single second...instead choosing a photographic approach to film that echoes the moment to moment lives of these homeless youth.

Nov 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Gonzalez doesn't spare us the unforgiving and painful details of lives lived at the edge in her engrossing and confident debut feature. Badd Idea, playing the brutally honest yet caring Mecca, is moving, charismatic and hilarious.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Garners great direction by [Cati] Gonzalez who really captures the grit and flavor of New York that "Midnight Cowboy" did decades ago...

May 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It presents a world that is rarely seen onscreen like this, recognisable to those who have lived in it. It tells a story that is cruel and urgent, passionate and real.

Apr 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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