In a solitary mountain town, where corn and poppies grow, the girls have boyish haircuts and each has an underground hiding place, like a tomb. Their mothers train them to flee death, to escape those who turn them into slaves or ghosts. Eight-year old Ana grows up with her best friends, Paula and María. They kill snakes, take over houses of those who have fled and dress up as women. They create their own impenetrable world amidst growing violence, yet there comes a day when one of them does not make it to her hiding place in time.
Noche de fuego explores what it means to grow up as a girl in the midst of war in Mexico. It is a story that invokes the magic and resistance of children and their honest gaze in the face of a violent reality. The film speaks of the time we live in and how it resonates in our innermost being, through the point of view of three girls on the path to adolescence
Director: Tatiana Huezo
Producers: Pimienta Films (Mexico), The Match Factory (Germany)
German WCF partner: The Match Factory
World sales: The Match Factory
Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2018
Funding amount: 30.000 €