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DDocumentary Feature Competition

The Tiniest Place

The Tiniest Place

Original Title: El lugar más pequeño
Director: Tatiana Huezo
Mexico | Spanish
2011 | 104min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: 35mm
15+
“It’s a difficult task being a survivor,” says one of the inhabitants of Cinquera, a tiny town in El Salvador. He really knows what he’s talking about. Cinquera suffered a terrible fate during the country’s 12-year civil war: It was bombed and destroyed, and most of its inhabitants were killed. But in a moving example of their love of life, at the end of the conflict the survivors returned to their town, rebuilt their homes and moved on, resurrecting the near-dead town. In her first feature documentary, director Tatiana Huezo follows the remarkable story of Cinquera. She does not recreate the horror but counterpoints the quiet scenes of today’s life with the epic and sometimes terrible tales of the survivors. She supports her point of view with the beautiful, lyrical cinematography of Ernesto Pardo and the quasi-surgical precision of the editing.

The Tiniest Place begins with the way the things were in 1979, before the war devastated Cinquera and the country. Soon after, the townspeople fled to the woods. There were years spent living in hiding; some people fought with the guerrillas, some just tried to survive, and all of them watched friends and relatives get killed in some cruel way. Finally, Huezo takes us to the aftermath, the years when the town’s inhabitants decided to live again. It was a fierce choice that took all the courage they could muster –but then again, nobody said survival is easy.

–Lucy Virgen

Contains: Coarse language

Director,  Tatiana Huezo

Director,  Tatiana Huezo

Tatiana Huezo was born in San Salvador and grew up in Mexico City, where she studied film at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. She earned a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, then received a grant from Mexico’s National Culture and Arts fund to produce the documentary Family Portrait (2008). Her films include the shorts Caustic Time (1998) and The Core of the Earth (2001). The Tiniest Place (2011) is her latest film.

Cast and Crew

Director
Tatiana Huezo
Co-Production Company
FOPROCINE
Cast
Elba Escalante, Pablo Alvarenga, Armando Aguilar, Rosi Alvarenga, Rudy Espinoza, Orlando Aguilar, Belyini Barahona
Production Company
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica
Music
Leonardo Heilblum, Jacobo Lieberman
Producer
Nicolás Celis
Foreign Right Sales
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica
Executive Producer
Henner Hofmann, Liliana Pardo
Screenwriter
Tatiana Huezo
Editor
Paulina Del Paso, Tatiana Huezo, Lucrecia Gutiérrez
Cinematographer
Ernesto Pardo
Sound
Federico González, Lena Esquenazi
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