Tatiana Huezo Named to Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch List for 2022

All eyes are on Tatiana Huezo

The 49-year-old Mexican Salvadoran filmmaker has been named to Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch list for 2022.

Tatiana HuezoHuezo is a standout from the recent festival circuit. A documentary veteran, her powerful Prayers for the Stolen, about girls growing up in the shadow of an opium cartel, is representing Mexico in the Oscar international feature competition.

Aitch Alberto — the first trans director ever to make the list — is also guaranteed to surprise, with her sensitive and surreal adaptation of the beloved queer YA romance Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. She is directing the film, with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Eugenio Derbez producing.

Overall, it’s a decidedly forward-looking — and female-driven — group of visionaries for the upcoming year, spanning genres, languages and a wide variety of backgrounds.

The 10 Directors to Watch are:

Aitch Alberto (“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”)
Mariama Diallo (“Master”)
Audrey Diwan (“Happening”)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”)
Tatiana Huezo (“Prayers for the Stolen”)
Nikyatu Jusu (“Nanny”)
Megan Park (“The Fallout”)
Cooper Raiff (“Cha Cha Real Smooth”)
Goran Stolevski (“You Won’t Be Alone”)
Krystin Ver Linden (“Alice”)

The selection process relies on Variety editors screening dozens of new and upcoming features, and curating a mix of the most promising emerging talents from among those first and second films.

The directors selected for this year’s list will be honored in person at a brunch event on January 7 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which resumes in-person screenings, panels and parties in early January, following a COVID-19-impacted virtual edition in 2020.

“We’re very excited to continue our partnership with Variety to co-host the ’10 Directors to Watch’ brunch at the Festival,” said PSIFF artistic director Lili Rodriguez. “This year’s directors are an exceptionally gifted group of emerging talents, and we congratulate all of them for being selected on this distinguished list.”

The Class of 2022 will be profiled in full with Variety’s first print edition of the new year.

Previous directors to make the “watch” list include Cary Joji Fukunaga, Wes Anderson, Sean Baker, David Lowery, Julia Ducournau and Mia Hansen-Løve.

Netflix Releases Trailer for Tatiana Huezo’s Mexican Film “Prayers for the Stolen”

Tatiana Huezo’s Prayers have been revealed…

Netflix has released the official trailer for the Mexican film Prayers For The Stolen, written and directed by the 49-year-old Salvadoran and Mexican filmmaker.

Tatiana Huezo

The film is liberally adapted from Jennifer Clement’s 2014 novel of the same name.

The film stars Ana Cristina Ordóñez González, Marya Membreño, Mayra Batalla, Norma Pablo, Eileen Yáñez, and Memo Villegas, and is produced by Nicolás Celis and Jim Stark.

Prayers For The Stolen takes place 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.

Mexico recently selected Prayers for the Stolen as its submission to this year’s International Feature Film Oscar race

The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this year, receiving a special mention in the Un Certain Regard program. The film was also a multi-award-winner at the San Sebastian and Athens film festivals.

Netflix picked up rights and will release in select theaters in November and will be available on the streaming service November 17.

Mexico Enters Tatiana Huezo’s “Prayers For The Stolen” into International Feature Film Oscars Race

Tatiana Huezo is praying for Oscar glory…

Mexico has entered the 49-year-old Salvadoran and Mexican filmmaker’s Prayers For The Stolen as its submission to this year’s International Feature Film Academy Awards race.

Tatiana Huezo

The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this year, receiving a special mention in the Un Certain Regard program. The film was also a multi-award-winner at the San Sebastian and Athens film festivals. Netflix picked up rights and will release in select theaters and online in November.

Vaguely based on Jennifer Clement’s 2014 novel, the film is set in a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, where 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.

Ana Cristina Ordóñez González, Marya Membreño, Mayra Batalla, Norma Pablo, Eileen Yáñez, and Memo Villegas star.

Huezo wrote the screenplay. Producers are Nicolás Celis (Roma) and Jim Stark (Mystery Train).

Portes Named Best Director at Mexico’s Ariel Awards

It may be better to give than to receive… But Emilio Portes is receiving plenty of attention this weekend…

Emilio Portes

The Mexican writer-director’s sophomore film Pastorela picked up seven awards at Mexico’s 54th Ariel Awards, including best picture and best director.

In addition, Portes’ holiday-themed film also won best original screenplay at the Saturday awards ceremony in Mexico City.

But Pastorela wasn’t the only big winner…

Everardo Gout‘s high-octane thriller Dias de Gracia, a furiously paced portrait of violence in contemporary Mexico, nabbed eight statuettes, with best first work going to Gout and a best actor nod for rising star Tenoch Huerta.

Gerardo Naranjo‘s actioner Miss Bala, also in the running for best picture and director, walked away empty handed despite having been selected as Mexico’s foreign-language Oscar submission.

In the Ibero-American category, best picture went to Agusti Villaronga‘s Catalan-language wartime saga Pa Negre, winner of nine of Spain’s Goya Awards last year.

Tatiana Huezo‘s El Lugar Mas Pequeno won the Ariel for best documentary. A big hit on the festival circuit, the film focuses on a village that was decimated during El Salvador’s civil war of the 1980s.

During the ceremony, the academy paid homage to veteran actor Pedro Armendariz, who passed away late last year. In one of the final performances of his five decade career, Armendariz appeared in the Will Ferrell’s Spanish-language film Casa de mi Padre.

Here’s a Complete Look at the Winners:

BEST PICTURE

Pastorela

DIRECTOR

Pastorela (Emilio Portes)

ACTRESS

Martha (Magda Vizcaino)

ACTOR

Dias de Gracia (Tenoch Huerta)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Dias de Gracia (Eileen Yanez)

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Dias de Gracia (Carlos Cobos)

FIRST WORK

Dias de Gracia

DOCUMENTARY

El Lugar Mas Pequeno

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Pastorela

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Dias de Gracia

EDITING

Dias de Gracia

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Dias de Gracia

SOUND

Dias de Gracia

ART DESIGN

Dias de Gracia

COSTUME DESIGN

Pastorela

MAKEUP

Pastorela

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Salvando al Soldado Perez

VISUAL EFFECTS

Pastorela

ANIMATED SHORT

Prita Noire

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Yuban

FICTION SHORT

Mari Pepa