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Cinema Documentary, Germany 2018, 75’

José Pablo promised his extravagant grandmother, Mamacita, to make a film about her life, without knowing that this would lead to revelation of secrets, lies and deceptions affecting 5 generations of a highsociety Mexican family.

Mamacita is an extravagant Mexican beauty queen living in her own kingdom in company of 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 stonewalls. When José Pablo went abroad to study film, Mamacita made him promise to return to Mexico one day to make a film about her life. He conquers his granny’s empire like a Trojan horse, discovering the haunted spirits of his own past and the lack of love that his entire clan has suffered from for generations.


Festivals & Awards:

- Femme Revulation FF - Mexico City

- Zürich IFF

- Festival de Cine De Lima

- Monterrey FF

- Doqumenta Mexico - opening film

- Opening Film @Guanajuato International Film Festival

- Margaret Mead film festival

- L.A. Film Fest - US premiere

- DOK.fest münchen 2018

- International premiere @Hot Docs 2018

Written & directed by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano 

Producer - Arne Birkenstock

Editor – Mechthild Barth

DoP - Juan Sánchez Tamez

A Fruitmarket Arts & Media production 

World sales: Autlook films

This film has been developed with the support of the dok.incubator workshop and supported by Film & Medienstiftung NRW and FFA