Mexico – Spain | doc | HD | color | 82 min | 2019

Film info

  • LOGLINE

    Inside the legendary Cabaret Barba Azul in Mexico City, the beloved La Mami offers support to the women who work as dancers as they get ready for their night at work.
     

    SYNOPSIS

    Night after night, La Mami unlocks the door and reveals the guarded restroom of the Cabaret Barba Azul’s dancers.
    After working for more than 40 years in the nightlife, Doña Olga is now La Mami, the caretaker of the women’s restroom at the mythical Cabaret Barba Azul.  Night after night, she takes care of the dancers working at the flow of live music. This restroom is a trusting bubble inside Barba Azul. Today there is a new woman arriving at the restroom. She has a sick son and needs to work.
     

    PLOT KEYWORDS

    Mexico | films directed by women | class & identity | gender roles | alcoholism | nightlife | women stories | dancing | sorority

    CREW & CAST

    Original title: La mami
    International title: La mami
    Original language: Spanish
    Written & directed by: Laura Herrero Garvín
    Producers: Laura Imperiale, Patricia Franquesa , Laia Zanón, Laura Herrero Garvín
    DOP: Laura Herrero Garvín
    Additional Photography: Sarasvati Herrera, Carlos Prieto
    Film Editing: Lorenzo Mora Salazar , Ana Pfaff
    Format: Color, 4K, Other,
    Producing companies: Cacerola Films (Mexico), Gadea Films (Spain)
    In coproduction with: Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), Fondo Cinematográfico de Calidad (FOPROCINE – Mexico)
    With the support of: Programa Ibermedia, Ford Foundation Productores Asociados LASCRIT, EKK PRODUCCIONES

    With the participation of: Doña Olga “La Mami”, Priscila
    and the Barba Azul girls: Michelle, Wendy, Vale, Fabiola, Candy, Connie, Irlanda, Lucy, Sharon, Ambar, Osiris, Brenda, Mónica, Miriam, Geovana, Maricela.

    FESTIVALS & AWARDS
    • World Premiere: Feature Documentary Competition. IDFA. The Netherlands 2019
    • Docpoint. Finland 2020
    • MOMA Documentary Fortnight. USA 2020
    • Best International Documentary. Tempo FF. Sweden 2020
    • Special Mention. Documentary Competition. Malaga FF. Spain 2020
    • SXSW. USA 2020
    • Cleveland International FF. USA 2020
    • Patois FF. USA 2020
    • Tucson Cine Mexico. USA 2020
    • Full Frame. USA 2020
    • Special Mention Film Critics. D’A Film Festival. Barcelona, Spain 2020z
    • Docaviv FF. Israel 2020
    • Planete+ Doc Film Festival (Against Gravity) Poland 2020
    • Sakhalin IFF. Russia 2020
    • Made in Spain. San Sebastian FF 2020
    • Zurich Film Festival. Switzerland 2020
    • FIDBA. Argentina 2020
    • Special Mention Documentary. Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato. Mexico 2020
    • Milwaukee Film. USA 2020
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. Mexico 2020
    • Doclisboa. Portugal 2020
    • FIC del Desierto. Mexico 2020
    • Fipresci Best Documentary Award. Message to a Man. Russia 2020
    • Abycine. Festival de Cine de Albacete. Spain 2020
    • Best Documentary Award. L’Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona. Spain 2020
    • Reel Time at GALA Film Festival. USA. 2020
    • Best Movie. 2020 Cinema Tropical Award
    • Black Movie Festival. Switzerland. 2020
    • Fosforo LCI Seguros Award. Ficunam FF. Mexico 2021
    • Foco Punto de Vista. Spain 2020
    • Miradasdoc. Spain, 2021
    • Muestra de cine Mexicano (Granada) Spain 2020
    • Gaudi Awards 2021. Barcelona, Spain 2020
    • Festival Mujeres de Cine. Spain 2020
    • La Mostra de CineBaix. Spain 2020
    • Guizazinea 11. Spain 2020
  • SINOPSIS

    Doña Olga ha trabajado en el mundo del cabaré por más de 45 años y ahora es La Mami, la encargada del baño de mujeres del mítico Cabaret Barba Azul, en la ciudad de México. Cada noche ofrece cuidado a las chicas que ahí trabajan bailando con los clientes. Para ellas, el baño es una burbuja de confianza dentro del Barba Azul. Hoy una nueva mujer llega al baño, tiene un hijo enfermo, necesita trabajo.

    FICHA TÉCNICA

    Título original: La mami
    Título internacional: La mami
    Idioma original: Español
    Escrita y dirigida por: Laura Herrero Garvín
    Productoras: Laura Imperiale, Patricia Franquesa , Laia Zanón, Laura Herrero Garvín
    Dirección de fotografía: Laura Herrero Garvín
    Fotografía adicional: Sarasvati Herrera, Carlos Prieto
    Edición: Lorenzo Mora Salazar , Ana Pfaff
    Formato: Color, 4 K, Otro,
    Empresas productoras: Cacerola Films (México), Gadea Films (España)
    En coproducción con: Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), Fondo Cinematográfico de Calidad (FOPROCINE – México)
    Con el apoyo de: Programa Ibermedia, Ford Foundation Productores Asociados LASCRIT, EKK PRODUCCIONES

    Participan: Doña Olga “La Mami”, Priscila
    y las chicas del Barba Azul: Michelle, Wendy, Vale, Fabiola, Candy, Connie, Irlanda, Lucy, Sharon, Ambar, Osiris, Brenda, Mónica, Miriam, Geovana, Maricela.

    FESTIVALES Y PREMIOS
    • Premiere mundial: Competencia de Largometraje. IDFA. Holanda 2019
    • Docpoint. Finlandia 2020
    • MOMA Documentary Fortnight. EUA 2020
    • Mejor Documental Internacional. Tempo FF. Suecia 2020
    • Mención especial. Competencia de Documental. Festival de Málaga. España 2020
    • SXSW. EUA 2020
    • Cleveland International FF. EUA 2020
    • Patois FF. USA 2020
    • Tucson Cine México. EUA 2020
    • Full Frame. EUA 2020
    • Mención Especial de la Crítica Cinematográfica. D’A Film Festival. Barcelona, España 2020z
    • Docaviv FF. Israel 2020
    • Planete+ Doc Film Festival (Against Gravity) Polonia 2020
    • Sakhalin IFF. Rusia 2020
    • Hecho en España. Festival de San Sebastian 2020
    • Zurich Film Festival. Suiza 2020
    • FIDBA. Argentina 2020
    • Mención Especial de Documental. Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato. México 2020
    • Milwaukee Film. EUA 2020
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. México 2020
    • Doclisboa. Portugal 2020
    • FIC del Desierto. México 2020
    • Premio Fipresci de Mejor Documental. Message to a Man. Rusia 2020
    • Abycine. Festival de Cine de Albacete. España 2020
    • Mejor Documental. L’Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona. España 2020
    • Reel Time at GALA Film Festival. EUA. 2020
    • Mejor Película. 2020 Cinema Tropical Award
    • Black Movie Festival. Suiza. 2020
    • Premio Fosforo LCI Seguros. Ficunam. México 2021
    • Foco Punto de Vista. España 2020
    • Miradasdoc. España, 2021
    • Muestra de Cine Mexicano (Granada) España 2020
    • Premios Gaudi 2021. Barcelona, España 2020
    • Festival Mujeres de Cine. España 2020
    • La Mostra de CineBaix. España 2020
    • Guizazinea 11. España 2020
  • SINOPSE

    Dona Olga trabalha no mundo dos clubes noturnos há mais de 45 anos e agora é conhecida como La Mami, a responsável pelo banheiro feminino do mítico Cabaré Barba Azul, na cidade do México. Todas as noites ela oferece aconchego e conselhos às meninas que ali trabalham dançando com os clientes. Para elas, o banheiro é uma bolha de confiança dentro do Barba Azul. Hoje, chegou uma nova garota. Ela tem um filho doente, e precisa de um emprego.

    FICHA TÉCNICA

    Título original: La mami
    Título internacional: La mami
    Idioma original: Espanhol
    Escrita e dirigida por: Laura Herrero Garvín
    Produtoras: Laura Imperiale, Patricia Franquesa , Laia Zanón, Laura Herrero Garvín
    Direção de fotografia: Laura Herrero Garvín
    Fotografia adicional: Sarasvati Herrera, Carlos Prieto
    Edição: Lorenzo Mora Salazar , Ana Pfaff
    Formato: Color, 4 K, Outro,
    Empresas produtoras: Cacerola Films (México), Gadea Films (España)
    Em coprodução con: Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), Fondo Cinematográfico de Calidad (FOPROCINE – México)
    Com o apoio de: Programa Ibermedia, Ford Foundation Productores Asociados LASCRIT, EKK PRODUCCIONES

    Participam: Doña Olga “La Mami”, Priscila
    e meninas do Barba Azul: Michelle, Wendy, Vale, Fabiola, Candy, Connie, Irlanda, Lucy, Sharon, Ambar, Osiris, Brenda, Mónica, Miriam, Geovana, Maricela.

    FESTIVAIS E PRÊMIOS
    • Premiere mundial: Mostra Competitiva de longa-metragem. IDFA. Holanda 2019
    • Docpoint. Finlandia 2020
    • MOMA Documentary Fortnight. EUA 2020
    • Melhor Documentário Internacional. Tempo FF. Suecia 2020
    • Menção especial. Mostra Competitiva de Documentário. Festival de Málaga. Espanha 2020
    • SXSW. EUA 2020
    • Cleveland International FF. EUA 2020
    • Patois FF. USA 2020
    • Tucson Cine México. EUA 2020
    • Full Frame. EUA 2020
    • Menção Especial da Crítica Cinematografica. D’A Film Festival. Barcelona, Espanha 2020z
    • Docaviv FF. Israel 2020
    • Planete+ Doc Film Festival (Against Gravity) Polonia 2020
    • Sakhalin IFF. Rusia 2020
    • Hecho en España. Festival de San Sebastian 2020
    • Zurich Film Festival. Suiça 2020
    • FIDBA. Argentina 2020
    • Menção Especial de Documental. Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato. México 2020
    • Milwaukee Film. EUA 2020
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. México 2020
    • Doclisboa. Portugal 2020
    • FIC del Desierto. México 2020
    • Prêmio Fipresci de Melhor Documentário. Message to a Man. Rusia 2020
    • Abycine. Festival de Cine de Albacete. Espanha 2020
    • Melhor Documentário. L’Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona. Espanha 2020
    • Reel Time at GALA Film Festival. EUA. 2020
    • Melhor Filme. 2020 Cinema Tropical Award
    • Black Movie Festival. Suiça. 2020
    • Prêmio Fosforo LCI Seguros. Ficunam. México 2021
    • Foco Punto de Vista. Espanha 2020
    • Miradasdoc. Espanha, 2021
    • Muestra de Cine Mexicano (Granada) Espanha 2020
    • Prêmios Gaudi 2021. Barcelona, España 2020
    • Festival Mujeres de Cine. Espanha 2020
    • La Mostra de CineBaix. Espanha 2020
    • Guizazinea 11. Espanha 2020

Screening

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Reviews

  • La Mami’: Film Review. Neil Young for THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
    “An intimate, often amusing, invariably informative delve into a semi-hidden world – one which very few males ever even glimpse.” [Full Review]
     
  • IDFA Film Review: ‘La Mami’. Guy Lodge for VARIETY
    “La Mami” is rife with sharp, tacit socioeconomic criticism of an unequal, patriarchal society in which making joyless business out of pleasure is the best hope many women have.” [Full Review]
     
  • “La mami” o cómo ver lo que hay detrás de la máscara del maquillaje. Guillem Martinez Oya for CINEMATISMO

    A documentary about who really rule the world. A close up to contemporary survivors. [Full review in Spanish]” [Full Review in Spanish]
     
  • “La mami”: Lúcida mirada sobre la alianza femenina. CINEMAGRAVIA
    “La mami is a powerful document that places Laura Herrero Garvín as one of the best documentary filmmakers on the current scene. The film shows how the alliance between women is the best way to defend their rights.” [Full review in Spanish]
     
  • ‘La mami’, un excelente documental sobre el drama de las ‘ficheras’ en México. Javier Ocaña para EL PAÍS
    “Laura Herrero Garvin films a visual, ethical, social and human story about the anachronistic profession of escort ladies in a country ravaged by machismo and violence” [Full Review in Spanish]
     

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