A vital platform for Mexican cinema in the U.S.
Thursday, March 28, 5:30pm
Center for Creative Photography
Mexico/Germany, 2018, 75 min.
Nominated, Best Documentary Feature, Los Angeles Film Festival 2018
Director: José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
Producers: Arne Birkenstock, José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
Cinematographer: Juan Sánchez Tamez
In Spanish with English subtitles
Director José Pablo Estrada Torrescano unearths family secrets in his debut feature Mamacita. When the aspiring director went to study film abroad, his grandmother made him promise to return to Mexico one day to make a film about her life. Little did he know that his film would unearth secrets, lies and deceptions affecting five generations of a high society Mexican family. Mamacita, José Pablo’s grandmother, is an extravagant Mexican beauty queen living in her own kingdom with her loyal servants: gardener, chauffeur, chef, housekeeper and nurses. The 95-year-old lady has turned her house into a castle, hiding the open wounds of a prominent Mexican upper class family behind its stone walls. José Pablo conquers his granny’s empire like a Trojan horse, discovering the haunted spirits of his own past and the reason for the lack of love that his entire clan has suffered from for generations.
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