Noche de fuego Messico

Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Qatar | 2021 | 110 min

Three girls, Ana, Paula, and María, are growing up in a rural community in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Their lives are threatened by drug cartels and human trafficking, with their mothers trying to protect them from kidnappings, while the girls have to learn to survive in a context of violence. Tatiana Huezo’s first feature film is firmly anchored in reality and delves into the core of the conflict between drug trafficking and government, taking a stance for women, those who suffer the cruellest consequences of this war. In Prayers For The Stolen, freely adapted from Jennifer Clement’s novel, the filmmaker explores the coming of age of Ana, Paula, and María by way of a story of love and survival in which the dimension of listening, Huezo’s privileged space in her documentary making, turns out to be a new poetic of the gaze: Ana’s awakening, in a place haunted by death and violence, can plant the germs of a new resistance. (a.d.)

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  • Date: 06 Nov 2023
  • Time: 12:30


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Tatiana Huezo


Tatiana Huezo

Tatiana Huezo graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City and has a Master Degree in Creative Documentary from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Mexican-Salvadoran filmmaker, she gained an international reputation with her feature debut, The Tiniest Place (2011), which screened at more than 80 international festivals. Her work has been widely recognized around the world and acknowledged by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences with eight Ariel awards; among them Best Documentary and Best Director for Tempestad, which premiered in the 66th Berlinale Forum in 2016; as well as Best Film for Prayers for the Stolen, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival, where it received a special mention from the jury in 2021. She has given conferences and taught classes in academic spaces like La Escuela de Cine de la Comunidad in Madrid, École cantonale d'art de Lausanne, University of California Santa Barbara, The Green House in Israel as well as the CCC, among others. Huezo is considered one of the most important voices in contemporary Mexican cinema, and her work has received numerous awards worldwide.

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