Noche de fuego

Tatiana Huezo

P&I Selection 2022

  • 110'
  • Mexico
  • 2021

Three girls – Ana, Paula, and María – live in a remote mountain village dominated by drug cartels. Most of the adult men have left to earn money elsewhere, but they don’t send money home to the women they have left behind. The women work in the poppy fields, and try to keep their daughters out of the hands of the clans.

Mexican director Tatiana Huezo has previously made socially committed documentaries that have won awards all over the world, such as El lugar más pequeño (2011) and Tempestad (2016). Her first feature-length fiction film, Noche de fuego is loosely based on the factual book Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement from 2014 (published in the Netherlands as Gebed voor de vermisten), and combines the merciless realism of contemporary Mexico with the enchanting gaze of three children. The girls (in the first half aged nine, in the second on the threshold of adolescence) give astonishing performances, the photography is intoxicatingly beautiful, and the soundscape also contributes to an atmosphere that meanders between pure horror and fairytale. Acknowledged with a special mention from the jury of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes film festival.

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Director
Tatiana Huezo
Country of production
Mexico
Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
110'
Medium
DCP
International title
Prayers for the Stolen
Language
Spanish
Producers
Nicolás Celis, Jim Stark
Production Company
Pimienta Films
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Tatiana Huezo
Cinematography
Dariela Ludlow
Editor
Miguel Schverdfinger
Production Design
Oscar Tello
Sound Design
Lena Esquenazi
Music
Jacobo Lieberman, Leonardo Heiblum
Cast
Ana Cristina Ordóñez González, Marya Membreño, Mayra Batalla, Norma Pablo, Eileen Yáñez, Memo Villegas
Local Distributor
MUBI