Programme

Prayers for the Stolen

Tatiana Huezo

Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Qatar, 2021 / 110 min / Spanish OV with English or French subt. / Drama

2030 Award By Luxembourg Aid & Development Nominee

In a mountain town in Mexico, three young girls take over the houses of those who have fled.

They dress up as women when no one is watching while their mothers train them to hide from those who would take them away. But dark echoes of violence become an inescapable threat.

“This film encouraged me to look at the world through the eyes of a child. That was my driving force, trying to understand that first vision of life: why does it erode as we grow up? (…)
The violence in Mexico also inspired Noche de Fuego (Prayers for the Stolen).
Director’s statement – Tatiana Huezo

Screenings
Sat 05/03 18:30 Cinémathèque ES OV with ENG.subt Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004334?locationFilters=LFFCI&dateTime...
Tue 08/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia ES OV with FR.subt Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/fr/HO00004334?locationFilters=LFFCU
Fri 11/03 14:00 Cinémathèque ES OV with ENG.subt Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004334?locationFilters=LFFCI&dateTime...

“Documentarian Tatiana Huezo is established as one of Mexico's most powerful voices with the bruised beauty of her magnificent fiction debut.” Jessica Kiang, Variety, 22/07/2021

“Bright red flowers dot a hillside in a remote Mexican town, and the air is abuzz with the songs of insects and birds. But beneath the bucolic beauty, as in many of the striking scenes in Prayers for the Stolen, terror churns. “Liberally adapted” from Jennifer Clement’s 2014 novel of the same name, the film delves, with sensitivity and alarm, into the constant threat of violence for those living in the cross-fire of Mexico’s drug cartels, particularly women and their daughters.” Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 15/7/2021

« The film swings back and forth from scenes of pastoral bliss to brutality, generating a narrative that, while unfocused, is nevertheless anchored by the tender and wounded performances by its adolescent cast”, Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times, 17/11/2021

“Tatiana Huezo offers up a murky, mesmerizing look at what it feels like for young women to come of age in a town where they have targets on their backs.” Susannah Gruder, IndieWire, 30/09/2021

“Rather than focus on the terror of living in a cartel-torn area, the film becomes a tale of strength, heartbreak, and jaw-dropping beauty.” Yolanda Machado, The Wrap, 17/11/2021

Awards
  • Mention spéciale, Un Certain Regard, Festival de Cannes, 2021 (France)
  • Honorable Mention, International Feature Film Competition, Chicago International Film Festival (US), 2021
  • Special Jury Prize, Pingyao International Film Festival, China, 2021
  • Winner Golden Athena Best Feature & Winner City of Athens Award Best Director, Athens International Film Festival, 2021 (Greece)
  • Horizons Award & TVE Otra Mirada Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2021 (Spain)
  • Nominee, First Feature Competition, London Film Festival, 2021 (UK)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Ana Cristina Ordóñez González, Marya Membreño, Mayra Batalla
Screenplay 
Tatiana Huezo ; Based on the Novel by: Jennifer Clement
Cinematographer 
Dariela Ludlow
Montage 
Miguel Schverdfinger
Sound 
Lena Esquenazi
Set 
Oscar Tello
Music 
Jacobo Lieberman, Leonardo Heiblum
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
Distribution 
Mubi
Biography

Tatiana Huezo

Born in Salvador and living in Mexico, Tatiana Huezo graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) film school and holds a Master’s in Documentary Filmmaking from Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University. She directed several short films such as Arido (1992), Familia (2004) or Sueño (2005), and gained international renown with her first feature-length film, El lugar más pequeño (2011). Building on this success, the film was programmed by more than 80 festivals around the world. Following the short film Ausencias (2015), she directed Tempestad (2016), which was presented as a world premiere at the Berlinale (Forum section) where it won four Ariel awards. Over recent years, she has taught film in various international academic contexts and also written the book El Viaje, rutas y caminos andados para llegar a otro planeta. Prayers for the Stolen is her first fictional film.

Filmography
  • 2021 – Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de Fuego)
  • 2016 – Tempestad
  • 2015 – El Aula Vacia
  • 2015 – Ausencias
  • 2011 – El Lugar Mas Pequeno
  • 2001 – El Ombligo Del Mundo
  • 1997 – Tempo Caustico