2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Que Caramba es la Vida


Mariachi is an essential part of Mexican culture. It’s more than just music; it's a lifestyle that views the world from a macho perspective. The business is tough and women are seldom appreciated in this strictly male domain. Nevertheless, a handful of female musicians choose to be Mariachi. Against the backdrop of the folky 'Día de los Muertes' celebrations, director Doris Dörrie accompanies the musicians to their performances on the streets of Mexico and throughout their daily lives. When the Mariachi women sing about death, love and poverty, the heavy issues of everyday life in Mexico City appear slightly more bearable.

Director: Doris Doerrie

Producer: Helge Albers, Sonja Ewers, Helge Sasse

Screenwriter: Doris Doerrie

Cinematographer: Daniel Schoenauer

Editor: Frank Mueller

Sound Designer: Daniel Seiler, André Bendocchi-Alves

Additional Credits: Research Mexico and Assistant Director: Ana Álvarez, Production Manager Mexico: Vlady Díaz

Principal Cast: María del Carmen, Estrellas de Jalisco, Las Pioneras


Doris Doerrie is one of the most famous filmmakers in Germany. Since 1976 she has made more than 30 feature films and received numerous national and international awards. Among her well-known films are BLISS (2012), HANAMI (2008, German Film Award in Silver/Bavarian Film Prize), NAKED (2002), AM I BEAUTIFUL? (1998) and NOBODY LOVES ME (1994).

Public Film Contact
Helge Albers
Flying Moon Filmproduktion GmbH


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