Mexican filmmaker José Pablo Estrada Florescano unearths family secrets in his debut feature Mamacita. 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 five generations of a high society 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.
The film had its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and it’s having its U.S. premiere later this month at the LA Film Festival, followed by the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York City this October.
Watch the trailer: