In a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground.

Ana and her two best friends take over the houses of those who have fled and dress up as women when no one is watching. In their own impenetrable universe, magic and joy abound; meanwhile, their mothers train them to flee from those who turn them into slaves or ghosts. But one day, one of the girls doesn’t make it to her hideout in time. Liberally adapted from Jennifer Clement’s eponymous 2014 novel.

The Mexican-El Salvadoran filmmaker graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (“CCC”) and has a Masters Degree in Documental de Creación from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

She has given conferences and workshops about documentary filmmaking in academic settings at the Universidad de Colombia, the Escuela de Cine de la Comunidad de Madrid and the CCC in Mexico, among others. She also edited the book "El viaje, rutas y caminos andados para llegar a otro planeta” produced by the CCC and DocumentaMadrid.

She has been a consultant for various documentary projects at IMCINE and served as a jury member at film festivals.

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Tatiana gained an international reputation with her first feature film El lugar más pequeño (“The Tiniest Place”, 2011), which was screened at more than 50 festivals and won numerous awards like the Ariel for “Best Mexican Documentary” (2012), Award for the Best International Feature Film at Visions Du Reel, Switzerland (2011), FIPRESCI Award at Mar del Plata (2011); and Der Standard Audience Award en Viennale, Austria (2011), among others.

Tempestad (2016), her second feature film, had its premiere at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in the Forum Section. It has since participated in over 80 festivals securing diverse awards such as the Tim Hetherington award at Sheffield Doc Fest, The Golden Frog for Best Documentary at the Camerimage Festival and more recently three Fenix Awards and four Ariel Awards including Best Direction and Best Documentary.

She won the Coinversiones Culturales del FONCA scholarship in 2009 as well as the GUCCI Ambulante scholarship in 2010. She became part of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte in 2013.

2021: Prayers for the Stolen / Noche de Fuego

2016: Tempestad

2011: The Tiniest Place / El lugar más pequeño

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See the world through the eyes of a child. Try to understand how that gaze is transformed and eroded when we begin to grow up. That was my point of departure for the exploration of this story.

Being the mother of a child who is growing up and beginning to experience the painful parts of life influenced my need to tell it. I also looked inward, at my own childhood, to those first moments you feel lonely and distressed by harshness of life.

There are other circumstances that influenced my construction of the world of Noche de Fuego. I could not shy away from the violence in Mexico, and the ways in which it has irreversibly upended the lives of so many. In Jennifer Clement´s novel, I found the characters—three fascinating girls who became repositories for my personal search— as well as part of context that surrounds this story.

Noche de Fuego has represented a valuable opportunity for me to develop my first fiction feature, confronting me with a series of new challenges: the casting, a large crew, special effects and new technical and creative departments. Among these new challenges I fell in love with what for me, was the biggest one: the actor’s interpretation. I learned what it means to recreate human emotions and for a character inhabit them.

The film explores what it means to grow up as a girl in the middle of war in Mexico, where the feminine condition is more exposed to brutality.

The story takes place during two moments in the lives of Ana and her friends. As children, at eight years old, they are defining their emotional attachments and the playful spaces they share, as well as coming to understand the violent circumstances that permeate their quotidian lives. Childhood is an “island” where magic resides, and where dark foreboding echoes of violence lurk.

Five years later, at thirteen, in the space between girlhood and womanhood, their interests and activities are reconfigured. The magic begins to evaporate into reality. As the border between childhood and adulthood is blurred, the characters become more exposed and alone. Abstract danger becomes an inescapable threat, and one of them is taken. Amidst the tragedy of this absence, something is ignited in the girls that they have acquired little by little: a critical outlook on the reality that envelops them as well as the echoes of magic they created together.

Noche de Fuego is a story that invokes the resistance of children, of their magic and honest gaze in the face of a violent reality. It is a film that speaks of our present time, and of how it resonates in our innermost being, through a particular point of view of three girls on the path to adolescence.

Ana Cristina Ordóñez González: Ana (child)

Marya Membreño: Ana (adolescent)

Mayra Batalla: Rita

Norma Pablo: Luz

Eileen Yáñez: Concha

Memo Villegas: Leonardo

Actress with a Bachelor’s degree in Acting from La Casa del Teatro. She traveled to Paris, France to study a specialization in vocal performance with the Roy Hart technique and choreography for theatre in Panthéâtre. She has taken part in multiple theatre productions, such as: “Bárbara Gandiaga", “Las cosas simples”, “Ángeles en América”, “Si una noche o algo así”, “La viuda astuta”, and most recently “En la mira” in Microteatro.

Her filmography includes “Partes usadas” and “Las horas muertas” from Aarón Fernández, “El sueño mexicano” by María del Pilar Montero, “Cásese quien pueda” by Marco Polo Constandse, “Vive por mí” from Spanish director Chema de la Peña, “La carga” by Alan Jonsson and “¿Qué culpa tiene el niño?”. In TV shows: “Los Minondo”, “Pacientes”, “Kipatla”, “Crónica de castas”, and “La Sombra del Ángel”.

Today, we can see her in “La Bandida”, “Rosario Tijeras”, “El Secreto de Selena” and the Netflix show “Tijuana!” Next, she will star in Tatiana Huezo’s “Noche de Fuego”.

Eileen Yañez is a symbol of perseverance in the Mexican film industry. She is the winner of two Ariel Awards for Best Supporting Actress in 2009 for Desierto adentro and 2012 for Días de Gracia. She entered the scene in 2007 under the direction of multi-award winning director Rodrigo Plá in the film La Zona, together with Daniel Giménez Cacho and Maribel Verdú. In 2010 she starred in El Mar Muerto, by Ignacio Ortiz and in 2011 she worked on Días de Gracia, which was awarded with the Ariel Prize for best debut. In 2012 she shared the screen with Mel Gibson in Get the Gringo and starred in El Silencio Es Bienvenido and Nudo Mixteco by director Ángel Cruz. Her TV credits include, El Encanto del Águila (2011), the acclaimed HBO show Capadocia, which addresses the lives of women in prison and the stories of how they ended up there. She took part in the first season of Club de Cuervos, together with Luis Gerardo Méndez and Mariana Treviño, which premiered exclusively on Netflix. In theatre she took part in Ciudades invisibles, with the Potlach theatre from Italy, The Imposter, by Molière, La dama duende, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca and Las gelatinas, Crímenes del corazón, and La lozana andaluza to name a few.

Written and directed by: Tatiana Huezo

Based on the Novel by: Jennifer Clement

Produced by: Nicolás Celis, Jim Stark

Executive Producer: Maya Scherr-Willson

Co-produced by: Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Rachel Daisy Ellis, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Dan Wechsler, Susan Rockefeller, Joslyn Barnes, Danny Glover, José Cohen Ovadia, Helmut Dosantos, Doris Hepp, Burkhard Althoff

Associated Producers: Juan Carlos Rojas, Carlos Morales, Vanessa Hernández, Marcela Arenas Rosas

Casting: Graciela Miguel Villanueva, Natalia Beristain

Acting Coach: Fátima Toledo

Costume Design:

Úrsula Schneider Núñez

Editor: Miguel Schverdfinger

Sound Designer: Lena Esquenazi

Original Music: Jacobo Lieberman and Leonardo Heiblum

Production Designer: Oscar Tello

Director of Photography: Dariela Ludlow

Original title: Noche de fuego

International title: Prayers For The Stolen

Duration (min.): 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1

Format: 2K

Sound: 5. 1

Year: 2021

Original language: Spanish

Country(ies) of production: Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Qatar

Production Companies: Pimienta Films

Co-production Companies: Match Factory Productions, Desvia, Bord Cadre films, Louverture Films, Cactus Film & Video, Jaque Content , ZDF- Das kleine Fernsehspiel in association with arte

With the support of: Estímulo Fiscal de la L.I.S.R. 189 (Eficine), Hubert Bals Fund + Europe Programme of International Film Festival Rotterdam, Film und Medienstiftung NRW, Berlinale World Cinema Fund, Agência Nacional do Cinema- ANCINE, BRDE & FSA, Doha Film Institute, SFFILM Rainin Grant, Cinereach, Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, Sundance Institute Feature Film Program