The premiere of Noche de Fuego opens debate on gender violence

MEXICO.- Film personalities paraded this Tuesday through the red carpet of the Los Pinos Cultural Complex to attend the premiere in Mexico of the film Fire night, by the director Tatiana Huezo. The film portrays, from the gaze of three girls, the radical violence that women experience in small towns in Mexico due to the war on drug trafficking.

It is the first fiction film in which Huezo participates and with which he obtained this year a special mention in the section A certain look, at the Cannes Film Festival. Mayra Batalla assured in an interview for Efe that the film does not seek to be sobering, but empathetic and celebrates the bravery that women demonstrate every day, in his words.

“It is important to support Mexican cinema and give visibility to issues of our society that we must talk about, we are committed to being inclusive and showing diversity,” said actress and activist Yalitza Aparicio, who presented the event.

Regarding the presentation of his film in Mexico after its success at the Cannes Film Festival, Huezo said he felt the same adrenaline that he experienced in the French city. “It is as if it were the first time, my heart beats very strong. For me Mexico is very important. I feel that it is our story and I hope it reaches many people and brings thoughts to the interior of the family,” said the director to Eph.

For his part, producer Nicolás Celis expressed how happy he felt to return to the face-to-face premieres, as he assured that the last one he had was in the presentation of “Roma” (2018) and “Pájaros de verano” (2018). “Making and distributing films during the pandemic has been an odyssey and doing an outdoor show with this film, which I think will connect a lot with the public, makes me feel very accompanied,” said Celis.

The theme of the film around gender violence made invited actors and actresses reflect on the social problems that the country is going through and they celebrated the work that cinema has in this area. “We must not get tired of talking about them until they cease to exist and art is one of the important places to do it”said Ariel nominee for best female coercion Nailea Norvind. For her part, Carolina Politi, nominated in the same category of the awards, pointed out the importance of fiction themes reflecting reality in a dignified way.

“It is delicate to go into issues like this because reality is so strong that fiction can be offensive. The closest thing to being faithful to reality was the documentary, but if fiction manages to transcend the obvious and go to a reflection of the human it can become necessary, we need to speak from a place beyond literalism, “he considered.

Also on the red carpet were Hollywood actor Danny Glover and activist and singer Vivir Quintana, who said feel happy to see that other disciplines seek to contribute to the fight against violence from different spaces. A release date has not yet been confirmed, but the film will be available on Netflix soon, it will also be released in Mexican theaters this September 16.

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