Oscar-nominated film by Salvadoran-Mexican filmmaker

Fire night, this film was announced as a finalist for Best International Feature Film for the Oscars 2021 (photo courtesy)

By Lauri Cristina García Dueñas

The "look girl" in the middle of a world of looks of men:

About Night of Fire by Salvadoran-Mexican filmmaker Tatiana Huezo Sánchez, Oscar nominee for Best International Feature Film

I just saw Fire night (2021) by Salvadoran-Mexican filmmaker Tatiana Huezo Sánchez, and i'm still blown up on the wire and with a deep concussion in the solar plexus. Recently, I posted on my social networks that, please, everyone should treat themselves to watching this movie this season. Very few times have I been able to contemplate something so painful and so beautiful on a screen. Of an exquisite preciousness as his documentary was at the time the smallest place (2011).

Fire night it is impeccable, critics say, and I subscribe. Last 21 from December, this film was announced as a finalist for Best International Feature Film for the Oscars.

Three girls merge into an intense friendship, witty and diaphanous facing the weather of a poppy town devastated by drug traffickers, the police and the army. The highest tension or breaking point is that, in that town, like so many towns in Mexico, when the girls reach 13 years, the narcos can simply go for them, take them, rape and execute.

The analysis

It's hard to say what's the first thing that jumps out at you on this film., if the subtle script, the casting, characters, the photograph, the direct sound, art direction, but for me who steals the focus, after the wise director and writer, is the actress Mayra Membreño in the role of adolescent Ana. It happens as with Vanessa Bauche in loves dogs (2000), where we all celebrate the character of Susana.

We also have Mayra Batalla in the role of mother. The spectators, expectant people, we fall to our knees with her at the scene of the military intervention. The relationship with the mother is endearing, she becomes Ana's jealous guardian until she becomes "a worm" hidden in the earth to protect her. father never shows up, Well, he's in the United States and sometimes he doesn't even answer the phone..

All the close-ups of the faces of these two actresses who speak with each gesture are really joyful.

Photography is also characteristic of the filmmaker, planes open to the landscape or closed to people or insects. Like Juan Carlos Rulfo in those who stay (2008); Tatiana takes us to the intimacy of girls. her period, his clothes, his life, his things.

The production must have required a lot of work and coordination because it includes military deployments, police officers and dynamite in a gravel mine where children work who later, they prefer to work in the poppy fields and play with guns.

A Mexican linguist commented this morning that the tape is a poem, maybe, precisely, for the contemplation of the natural surroundings, the complexity, depth and desolation of his characters.

The diegetic sound harmonizes with the images and the story and increases the tension, the perception and emotions of the audience.

The men

Don't look them in the eye (to the military)”, warns the character of Maria, why, without exception, all men in history act against girls. The absent father who will never read the word "dad" on the adobe wall and sends almost no money, the helicopters that gas one of the girls in order to destroy the poppies, the boy who "plays" to hit the girl, then shoot. After, largely because of their responsibility, the forced disappearance of one of the protagonists occurs. Police, the soldiers: all men in history are violent.

They constitute the predatory weather of girls. They constitute the predatory weather of girls.

They constitute the predatory weather of girls

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They constitute the predatory weather of girls.

The mother is the core of survival, The mother is the core of survival, The mother is the core of survival, The mother is the core of survival. The mother is the core of survival, The mother is the core of survival.

The mother is the core of survival

The mother is the core of survival, The mother is the core of survival, The mother is the core of survival, The mother is the core of survival; but he doesn't and that is one of the director's many hits. being like this, we are facing a complex portrait of rural Mexican and Latin American society.

In the end, this is a film about friendship between girls and women, about the possibility of feeling together, help us and even send us telepathic messages or get together in the beauty salon to fix the social life.

Accustomed to seeing through the lens of men and film directors, Tatiana's look shook me in such a way that I could see from the eyes of a girl. "Looking at a girl" in a patriarchal society, of compulsory heterosexuality and physical and symbolic violence against girls and women is a hopeful “anomaly”.

In the mountains of Guerrero, women must find a way to survive and support themselves, in a place where men must leave their village, looking for better job opportunities Fire night by Salvadoran-Mexican filmmaker Tatiana Huezo Sánchez, Oscar nominee for Best International Feature Film .