NOCHE DE FUEGO / PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN
2021 / 110’ / Color / Mexico Germany Brazil Switzerland USA
Director: Tatiana Huezo
Screenplay: Tatiana Huezo
Cinematographer: Dariela Ludlow
Editing : Miguel Schverdfinger
Art director: Oscar Tello
Music : Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
Cast: Norma Pablo, Mayra Batalla, Olivia Lagunas
Producer: Nicolás Celis, Jim Stark
Production: Match Factory Productions, Bord Cadre films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Pimienta Films (MX), Desvia Produções (BR), Louverture Films (US), Cactus Film & Video (MX), Jaque Content (MX)
Distribution: Bir Film
In a mountain town, where corn and poppies grow the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground to escape the threat of being stolen. Ana and her two best friends grow up together, affirming the bonds of their friendship and discovering what it means to be women in a rural town marked by violence. Their mothers train them to flee death, to escape those who turn them into slaves or ghosts. They create their own impenetrable universe, but one day one of the girls doesn’t make it to her hiding place in time.
Mexican-Salvadoran filmmaker Tatiana Huezo graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica and has a Masters Degree in Documental de Creación from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra. She gained an international reputation with her first feature documentary, The Tiniest Place (2011). Her second documentary, Tempestad (2016) premiered at the 66th Berlinale in the Forum Section and went on to participate in 100 festivals. It was the Mexican entry for the Oscar and Goya awards in 2017, later receiving the nomination at the Goya Awards for best Iberoamerican film.