El Lugar Más Pequeño

Mexico 2011, Documentary, 108’ | Director, Screenplay Tatiana Huezo Sánchez | DoP Ernesto Pardo | WEditor Paulina Del Paso, Tatiana Huezo Sánchez, Lucrecia Gutiérrez | Sound Federico González | Music Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman | Production Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Foprocine, Beca Gucci-Ambulante | Distribution Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica

»A few years ago, I visited my grandmother in San Salvador and she took me to the town where she was born, Cinquera. The images and sensations of the place touched me deeply. I felt a need to know everything that had happened there.«
Tatiana Huezo Sánchez

During the civil war in El Salvador, the village of Cinquera – a guerrilla stronghold in the uprising against the military regime – was razed to the ground. At the end of the war in 1992, the survivors returned to Cinquera to deal with the rubble of the buildings and the bones of the dead before reconstructing the »tiniest place in the world« and retrieving it from the overgrowth of the rainforest. To make her debut film, the Mexican-Salvadorian film director, Tatiana Huezo Sánchez, went back to her roots. Quietly but emphatically, she uses El Lugar Más Pequeño to tell the story of the human gift of being able to wake up from a nightmare, start life again and virtually re-invent oneself. Supported by wonderful photography from #Ernesto Pardo, she follows everyday life in the village and describes how the survivors come to terms with the ordeal of their trauma. Indeed, they gradually open up to the camera and relate how they manage to process their experiences and memories.
El Lugar Más Pequeño shows how violence can leave traces and scars on people's lives and how it can brand and change them. But he also shows that people have the ability to heal and look to the future.


TATIANA HUEZO SÁNCHEZ was born 1972 in San Salvador. When she was four years old, she and her mother fled the war in El Salvador and sought refuge in Mexico City. She grew up there and also studied pictorial design at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica film school. She works as a freelance director and cinematographer, having already shot several shorts and documentaries. On receiving a grant to take a master’s degree in documentary film-making at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, she graduated in 2006. Her first full-length documentary film, El Lugar Más Pequeño, has gained numerous awards.


Films by Tatiana Huezo Sánchez
Retrato de Familia 2008 | El Ombligo del Mundo 2001 | Tiempo Caústico 1998


Awards for ›El Lugar Más Pequeño‹ (Selection)
Goldene Taube im Internationalen Wettbewerb, DOK Leipzig 2011 | Special Jury Prize, Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011 | Best Feature Film, Visions du Réel, 2011 |
Audience Award, Documenta Madrid 2011 | Best Documentary Award, Festival Internacional de Cine de Lima 2011 | Best Mexican Feature Film, Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey 2011 | Best Documentary Award, DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival 2011 | Honorable Mention, Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine 2011



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