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‘Prayers For The Stolen’ Trailer: Netflix Mexico Oscar Entry Explores Violence And Girlhood

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Netflix revealed the official trailer for the Mexican film Prayers For The Stolen

Written and directed by Tatiana Huezo, the movie is liberally adapted from Jennifer Clement’s 2014 novel of the same name. The film stars Ana Cristina Ordóñez González, Marya Membreño, Mayra Batalla, Norma Pablo, Eileen Yáñez, and Memo Villegas, and is produced by Nicolás Celis (Roma) and Jim Stark (Mystery Train).

Prayers For The Stolen takes place in a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground. Ana and her two best friends take over the houses of those who have fled and dress up as women when no one is watching. In their own impenetrable universe, magic and joy abound; meanwhile, their mothers train them to flee from those who turn them into slaves or ghosts. But one day, one of the girls doesn’t make it to her hideout in time. 

Mexico has become the latest country to make its submission to this year’s International Oscar race, selecting Prayers For The Stolen. The pic debuted at Cannes this year, receiving a special mention in the Un Certain Regard program. The film was also a multi-award-winner at the San Sebastian and Athens film festivals. Netflix picked up rights and will release in select theaters in November and will be available on the streaming service November 17. 

Watch full trailer above.

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