World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

Ernesto Contreras & José Manuel Cravioto | Mexico | 2010 | 80’ |
Spanish spoken, English subtitles


Since it was founded in 1989, Café Tacvba – one of the most popular rock bands in Mexico – has been playing with the same line-up: Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega, Emmanuel 'Meme' del Real Díaz, José Alfredo 'Joselo' Rangel Arroyo and Enrique 'Quique' Rangel Arroyo. Alejandro Flores joined later. Their music is an exciting mix of ska, indie rock and Latin rock.

Directors Ernesto Contreras and José Manuel Cravioto initially wanted to make a short documentary about Café Tacvba's tour of Japan. But there turned out to be much more to the story. So the film became a full-blown rockumentary lasting almost ninety minutes and dealing with twenty years of pop history. The makers zoom in on life on the road in particular. We see a lot of planes, busses, hotels and dressing rooms. Along the way, it becomes clear how the creative process works – and how problems, frustrations and arguments can be overcome by the bonds of friendship. And, of course, there is a lot of music.

Saturday 14 August, 11.30 PM, Rialto (directors present)