A film by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano

This film was screened as a part of the 2019 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF22)

This feature was preceded by the short film After the Silence




Mexico/Germany, Documentary/Family/Historical/Profile, 2018
75 min, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Mamacita is an extravagant Mexican beauty queen living in her own kingdom in the 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 stone walls. 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.

Texas Premiere


José Pablo Estrada TorrescanoJosé Pablo Estrada Torrescano is a Mexican film director who lives and works in Düsseldorf. He studied for three years towards his MFA in Cinema and Digital Media with specialization in Directing at FAMU in Prague. He has a BA in Actuarial Sciences and a one-year specialization in Statistics from ITAM, Mexico City. MAMACITA is José Pablo’s debut film.



Producer: José Pablo Estrada Torrescano, Arne Birkenstock
Production Companies: Nopal Pictures, Fruitmarket
Screenwriter: José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
Cinematographer: Juan Sánchez Tamez
Editor: Mechthild Barth
Sound Design: Tom Blankenberg
Music: Carlos “Papacito” Torrescano
Cast: María del Carmen “Mamacita” Torrescano, José Pablo Estrada Torrescano

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