|Writer and Director:||Tatiana Huezo|
|Producers:||Nicolás Celis and Sebastián Celis|
|Executive Producer:||Jim Stark|
|Co-producers:||Joakim Ziegler, Pepe Cohen|
|Production Companies:||Pimienta Films, Cactus Films, Terminal Films|
|Editing:||Lucrecia Gutiérrez Maupomé, Tatiana Huezo|
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Berlinale Forum 2016 : World Premiere (13 February)
- CineLatino 2016 (April)
- International Women Film Festival 2016 (23 April)
- Documenta Madrid 2016 (1,3,7 May)
- DOK.Fest Munich: ARRI AMIRA AWARD (7,9,11,12,13,15 May)
- Transilvania IFF 2016 (28,29,30 May)
- Sheffield Doc/Fest: TIM HETHERINGTON AWARD (13,15 June)
- New York Human Rights FF 2016 (17, 18 June)
- Biografilm Film Festival 2016 (18 June)
- AFI Docs 2016 (24,25 June)
- Karlovy Vary 2016 (3,5,7 July)
- Maine IFF 2016 (8,11,16 July)
- Dokufest 2016 (9 August)
- Festival de Lima: BEST DOCUMENTARY (8,10,12 August)
- Sarajevo 2016 (17,18 August)
- Zurich Film Festival 2016
- Vancouver Film Festival 2016
- Busan Film Festival 2016
- Lugano Human Rights Film Festival 2016
- Festival do Rio 2016
- Haifa Film Festival 2016
- Inconvenient Film Festival 2016 : BEST FILM
- FilmFest Osnabruck 2016
- Camerimage 2016 : GOLDEN FROG FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
A group of innocent people is charged with human trafficking and thrown into prison. The authorities announce they’ve dealt a blow to organised crime; the public is reassured. “Pagadores” are what the victims of such procedures are called in Mexico.
In her second feature documentary, Tatiana Huezo has a young mother recount her journey through hell: innocent, robbed of her liberty, she’s handed over to those for whom she’s being made to atone – in a private prison controlled by the Gulf Cartel.
Tempestad is a road movie: 2000 kilometres by bus from Matamoros to Cancún, through a blustery, overcast, bleak country. Inspections by martial-looking men armed to the teeth, omnipresent fear. A country mired in an invisible war whose front lines are equally invisible. The viewer never sees the protagonist but just hears her voice. The images create space for our own imagination and help us digest the monstrosity of the account. When they create identification, they’re deceiving us, for they’re inviting us to think of other stories, other destinies. The film itself recounts one of these, the story of a circus performer who has lost her daughter. A necessary cut in a film of tremendous force.
Christoph Terhechte, FORUM
Tatiana Huezo is a Mexican-Salvadorian filmmaker and graduate of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City. In 2004 she received a Masters degree in Creative Documentary Filmmaking at the Pempeu Fabra University (Barcelona). A director, and photographer, she is a former member of the National System of Art Creators.
Her first feature film, “The Tiniest Place” traveled to over 50 festivals worldwide and has received awards from festivals like Visions Du Reel (Switzerland), DOK Leipzig (Germany), DOCS DF (Mexico), San Diego Latino Film Festival (USA), Belfast International Film Festival (Ireland), Viennale (Austria), Biarritz International Film Festival, among others.
"Which is not to say that the related experiences of the two women are anything but gripping, urgent and darkly revelatory, just that "Tempestad" is not designed to be in service of them. Instead Huezo puts those stories in service of a broader and much more ambitious remit: to tell us about a whole exploited underclass, a whole society, a whole country. And so what starts out as a single melody then morphs into a duet — the lonely ballad of the convict and the circus clown — becomes instead a veritable Carmina Burana in which those are just two harmonizing solo voices in a chorus of millions. "
Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
German Interview with Tatiana Huezo: Taz
"It would take a heart of stone not to be moved"
Oliver Johnston, The Upcoming (UK)
"The visual beauty of this exceptional documentary derives its nobility from the despair of its heartbreaking story in two parts [...] The staging has this rare and precious gift of turning ordinary takes into cinematic poetry, each more expressive and vigorous than the other."
Tobias Dunschen, Critique Film (France)
"Tatiana Huezo directs with a steady pulse an approximation of the most honestly brutal and subtle human cruelty."
El Antepenultimo Mohicano (Spain)
"According to standard documentary criteria, Tempestad is a very audacious film. With its views of streets, landscapes and nameless co-travelers, the film almost visually explodes and creates its Impact through the very things it does not show."
"The director’s assured vision makes Tempestad so much more than a stylish creative exercise ... Without hint of hyperbole, a spellbinding film. Not one to miss."
David Mouriquand, Exberliner (Germany)
"The Forum section of the Berlinale is where many look to find exciting new voices or more adventurous forays into what cinema can do away from the red carpet requirements of the festival's headline competition section.The Mexican documentary Tempestad is a prime example of what makes the Forum rewarding…an ambitious movie which deserves to be seen. "
Daniel Kasman, MUBI (UK)
"A journey into the dominion of darkness: an empire of violence, human trafficking, corruption. With forcefully intensive images, this film takes us on a monstrous journey through hell. And at the same time, it is a passionate plea for freedom."
CALIGARI JURY of BERLINALE explanation for awarding SPECIAL MENTION for the 2016 CALIGARI PRIZE to TEMPESTAD.