Born in Budapest, Hungary. Diploma in child psychology. 1983 relocation to West-Berlin and film directing studies at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). Diploma in 1989 with the interactive video game feature Oberschenkelhalsundbeinbruch. Besides commissioned documentaries and essay films for Arte, Mari Cantu realized two feature films with cinematic release, Rosehill in 2004 and Westend in 2014. She lives in Berlin and works as a director, writer, editor, and tutor.