Enjoy the Silence

Haunted by the weight of an unfinished project, an architect battles insomnia by silencing distractions within his home. In the depths of silence, he confronts inner demons, leading to a haunting journey with a destructive outcome.

  • Hugo Montes de Oca
    La Confrontación (2022)
  • Mauricio Ramos
    FLAMMA (2022)
  • Ángela López Oropeza
    Director of Photography
    PERUSIM (2021)
  • Werner Heinze
    MASLO (2022)
  • David Talavera
    Key Cast
    "Darius Vialpando"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 21, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Super 16mm
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
    Winner Best Student Film
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions - by Lift-Off Global Network
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Hugo Montes de Oca

Hugo Montes de Oca (born June 20, 2000) is a young Spanish/Mexican writer-director hailing from Monterrey, Mexico. From a young age, he exhibited a remarkable passion for storytelling and a natural inclination towards visual arts. Inspired by the captivating narratives and cinematic styles of American and international films, he embarked on his creative journey through filmmaking. With a passion for storytelling, he produced numerous short films and delved into acting and directing. Hugo's work includes numerous plays exploring themes such as grief, social anxiety, and companionship, infused with a comedic twist often found in Hugo's work. In 2022, his notable works as director included “Polvo” and “The Confrontation”. "Polvo" (Dust) is a tragic short film which delves into the concept of hegemonic masculinity and the yearning for validation, it also incorporates some queer themes. "The Confrontation", which seeks to raise awareness about the water crisis in his hometown, tells the story of a young survivor in a world that lost its way, which was acclaimed at various international film festivals. His latest project, "Enjoy The Silence," explores emotional vulnerability and post-traumatic stress disorder in a visually striking manner inspired by experimental filmmaking and 70s grindhouse films. Hugo consistently pushes boundaries and inspires audiences with his films, promoting reflection and leaving a lasting impact.

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Director Statement

"Enjoy The Silence" explores emotional vulnerability and internal conflicts experienced by individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, along with the obsessions that arise in their daily lives. Symbolically shedding one's heart, the film conveys the message that everyone carries internal battles, even those who appear successful externally. It aims to prompt reflection on the personal cost of professional success and promote the importance of authenticity, emotional connection, and empathy for those facing internal struggles. Inspired by 70s grindhouse films and experimental cinema, "Enjoy The Silence" delves into the character's inner world. The film utilizes sound design as a crucial narrative element, creating an intense and unsettling experience that immerses viewers in the character's emotional vulnerability and conflicts. Through a powerful blend of visuals and sound, a profound connection is forged between the audience and the story, leaving a lasting impact. By initiating conversations about mental health and emotional well-being in an increasingly demanding world, "Enjoy The Silence" aims to inspire and encourage contemplation.