Through a body of work as committed as it is personal, Tatiana Huezo paints the portrait of her country and relentlessly denounces the mechanisms of terror, employing a poetic and sensitive cinematographical language, which succeeds, with great decency, in giving substance to absence, violence and suffering.

The 52nd edition of Visions du Réel will celebrate the work of the Mexican-Salvadorian director Tatiana Huezo (Tempestad) as part of its 2021 Ateliers. In parallel to the retrospective, Tatiana Huezo will give a Masterclass live from Mexico City on Thursday 22 April from 3 to 6 pm.

This Masterclass will be broadcast from the Visions du Réel Studio in Nyon. This hybrid set-up will allow a limited audience of professionals and students to attend the Masterclass in person.

Rediscover Tatiana Huezo’s Masterclass:

Catalogue 2021: Tatiana Huezo

Born in Salvador and living in Mexico, Tatiana Huezo graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) film school and holds a Master’s in Documentary Filmmaking from Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University. After her first attempts—short films such as Arido (1992), Familia (2004) or Sueño (2005)—she gained international renown with her first feature-length film, El lugar más pequeño (2011), presented as an international premiere at Visions du Réel in 2011 where it won the Grand Prix for the Best Feature-length Film.

Building on this success, the film was programmed by more than 80 festivals around the world. Then, following the short film Ausencias (2015), she directed Tempestad (2016), which was presented as a world premiere at the Berlinale (Forum section) where it won four Ariel awards—presented by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences.

Over recent years, she has taught film in various international academic contexts and also written the book El Viaje, rutas y caminos andados para llegar a otro planeta, in which eight documentary filmmakers describe their creative processes. In 2021, she is unveiling her first fictional film, Noche de fuego.

Noche de fuego, 2021

Tempestad, 2016

El aula vacía, (short : Ver, oír y callar), 2015

Ausencias, 2015

The Tiniest Place, 2011

Sueño, 2005

Familia, 2004

The Core of the Earth, 2001

Tiempo caústico, 1997

Arido, 1992

Programme 2021