Archive of films Prayers for the Stolen / Noche de Fuego

Mexico / Germany / Brazil / Qatar
2021, 110 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

If there's one thing mothers in an isolated mountain village don't want, it's to give birth to a daughter – the cartel that rules this region just takes the girls for themselves. In her feature debut, documentary filmmaker Tatiana Huezo offers a harrowing tale of women and children, whose lives are threatened from a very young age.


If there's one thing that mothers in a mountain village don’t want, it's to give birth to a daughter. The cartel that rules this region just takes the girls for themselves, and it is through their eyes that we observe life in this isolated place. In her latest film – her first venture into fiction – renowned director of socio-critical documentaries Tatiana Huezo presents a harrowing tale of women and children whose lives are threatened from a young age. In this loose adaptation of Jennifer Clement’s novel of the same name, authentic performances by young non-actors combine with captivating visuals to sketch the protagonists’ almost magical adventure among the region’s abandoned buildings and surrounding nature.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Tatiana Huezo

Tatiana Huezo (1972, El Salvador, Salvador). The Tiniest Place (El lugar más pequeño, 2011, short.), Absences (Ausencias, 2015, short doc.), Tempestad (2016, doc.), Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de Fuego, 2021).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Tatiana Huezo
Screenplay: Tatiana Huezo podle knihy / based on the book by Jennifer Clement
Dir. of Photography: Dariela Ludlow
Music: Jacobo Lieberman and Leonardo Heiblum
Editor: Miguel Schverdfinger
Art Director: Oscar Tello
Producer: Nicolás Celis, Jim Stark
Production: Pimienta Films
Coproduction: Match Factory Productions, Desvia, Bord Cadre films, Louverture Films, Cactus Film & Video, Jaque Content , ZDF- Das kleine Fernsehspiel in association with Arte
Cast: Ana Cristina Ordóñez González, Marya Membreño, Mayra Batalla
Sales: The Match Factory

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