Mexico has announced today that the documentary feature film Tempestad by Tatiana Huezo will be the country's candidate in the foreign-language film category for the 90th annual Academy Awards. The film has also been selected to represent the country in Spain's national Goya Awards.
Winner of the Cinema Tropical Award for Best Documentary, Huezo’s second documentary feature (after her acclaimed debut The Tiniest Place) recounts the story of two women: Miriam, who was wrongly accused of human trafficking and imprisoned in a jail controlled by a drug cartel, and Adela, a circus performer who has been looking for her kidnapped daughter for over a decade.
Through a subjective and emotional journey, and with striking cinematography by Ernesto Prado (who was nominated for an American Society of Cinematographers Award for his work in the film), Tempestad conveys the paralyzing power of fear and reflects the impact of the violence and impunity that afflict Mexico.
Hailed as “a rich and original piece of work” (IndieWire) and selected by Film Comment as one of the best undistributed films of 2016, Tempestad will have a limited theatrical release at Anthology Film Archives in New York City this October.